Barnsley mum says thank you for support after burying beloved sons, aged 12 and nine, after horror blaze

Claire Sykes with her sons Jack and Paul
Claire Sykes with her sons Jack and Paul
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The heartbroken mum of two young boys killed after a horror blaze described their joint funeral as ‘painful and emotional beyond belief’.

Claire Sykes said goodbye to her sons Jack, aged 12 and Paul, nine, on Friday - three weeks after a blaze ripped through their dad’s home on Tennyson Close, Penistone.

Claire Sykes with her sons Jack and Paul

Claire Sykes with her sons Jack and Paul

It is believed that Claire’s estranged husband, Paul Sykes, 44, who also died, started the blaze.

Writing on a Facebook page she set up after the fire, Claire thanked those who attended the funeral.

“I would like to thank every single person who came and paid their respects to Jack and Paul,” she said.

“Saying goodbye to my precious boys was painful and emotional beyond belief but I am proud to have been their mum and the feeling of love and respect to my boys I felt from every one of you.

Jack and Paul Sykes

Jack and Paul Sykes

“I am so grateful to the Penistone community, friends and family for carrying me through in spite of the circumstances.

“Love and hope prevailed. Words will never be adequate enough for the support I have been shown and it will never be forgotten.”

She described her sons as her ‘precious boys’ who are ‘united to the end’.

“They are side by side right now and they will be by each others side now for eternity,” she added.

Paul and Jack Sykes

Paul and Jack Sykes

“Please let your children chase their dreams let them stand on your shoulders to reach their stars and enjoy every precious minute with them even when sometimes they drive you to distraction.

“Treasure the footprints your children leave as they make their way in life both the rough and the smooth. My boys footprints are imprinted on my heart and each others and always will be even though they are now no more.”

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