Sheffield will say a tearful farewell tomorrow to one of its most illustrious adopted sons.
Legendary boxing trainer Brendan Ingle will be remembered at Sheffield Cathedral from 1.30pm tomorrow, followed by a private family committal at City Road crematorium.
In a career that spanned five decades, the Irishman guided four of his boxers to world titles and made a difference to countless other young fighter’s lives.
He died last month at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital after a short illness. He was 77.
His family have now revealed plans for the day of his funeral, which is expected to draw hundreds of mourners to central Sheffield tomorrow lunchtime.
From 9am to 12.30pm, Brendan’s closed coffin will be in his Wincobank gym to allow people to pay their respects and sign a book of condolence.
The funeral cortege will then make its way to Sheffield Cathedral which will open to the public at 12.45pm.
At the Cathedral, the world of boxing is expected to come together along with civic dignitaries and many of the young people who Brendan met throughout his life.
There are also plans to set up a large screen outside the Cathedral for any mourners who cannot be accommodated inside.
The service itself will begin at 1.30pm and last until approximately 2.30pm before the funeral party travels back to City Road crematorium for a private family service.
The family have requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made after the service to the Cathedral Archer Project and the Brendan Ingle Foundation.
Elsewhere, less than a month after his death, moves are also already underway to create a permanent memorial to Brendan in the city he came to call home.
His daughter Bridget has joined forces with boxer Johnny Nelson and former MP Richard Caborn to commission a statue expected to cost in the region of £100,000.
People can donate to the the Brendan Ingle Foundation – which helps socially excluded young people reintegrate into society through sport, mentoring and education – online at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/thebrendaninglefoundation.
To donate towards the statue visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/brendaninglememorialstatue.