Town will fall silent to honour hero Sam

Fusilier Sam Flint-Broughton's funeral will take place at Poulton's St Chad's church on Friday. His body was repatriated on May 9.
Fusilier Sam Flint-Broughton's funeral will take place at Poulton's St Chad's church on Friday. His body was repatriated on May 9.

A town centre will come to a standstill on Friday when a brave war hero is laid to rest.

Traders will close their doors and roads will be temporarily shut as Fusilier Sam Flint-Broughton’s funeral cortege comes through the town.

The 21-year-old soldier, of Tithebarn Street, Poulton, was serving in The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment, when the armoured Mastiff vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on April 30.

Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets and attend the full military honours funeral at St Chad’s Church for the noon service.

The funeral cortege will set off from the soldier’s home at 11.30am and complete one and a half circuits of the town centre before arriving at the church.

A PA system will be set up outside the church and a private service will later be held at Lytham Crematorium.

Steve Nicholls, funeral director for Box Bros, said: “There will be a rolling road closure and local PCSOs will walk ahead with various junctions closed off as we pass through.

“The Italian Market will stop trading as soon as we pass through and Lytham Crematorium has closed off all activities from 1pm onwards.”

The Old Town Hall pub, on Church Street, will host the wake.

Des Smith, manager, said: “Sam’s dad had his wedding reception here 10 years ago and I knew Sam because he used to work in the butchers nearby.

“He was a nice lad, no bother at all and his death is shame.

“There’s going to be about four hundred people here and it’s going to be really busy.”

The former Collegiate High School pupil was killed on April 30 alongside Cpl William Savage, 30, from the same battalion, and Pte Robert Murray Hetherington, 25, from 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment.

The Poulton Partnership, organisers of the Italian Market, confirmed traders will pay their respects by ceasing trade as the cortege passes by.

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