Ty Townsley will be remembered at a colourful service held at Gloucester Cathedral this week
THE life of popular teenager Ty Townsley will be celebrated in a colourful service at Gloucester Cathedral.
The 15-year-old, former Coney Hill Under 16 rugby player, died in his sleep at his Tuffley Home on Sunday, January 6.
The service for Ty, who used to go to Gloucester Academy, will take place on Thursday from 2pm.
Ty's family has asked specifically that no-one wears black in a bid to remember Ty's colourful personality.
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His brother Toby said: "The whole family would like to thank everyone for their support and everyone is welcome to attend the service."
Ty's former Coney Hill teammates will be forming a guard of honour at the Cathedral when Ty's coffin arrives, to be carried by family and friends, and also when it leaves the building.
Family friend Serena Meredith said: "It is going to be a thanksgiving for Ty's life, a celebration of his life.
"We don't want anybody wearing black or white, it has to be colourful, just like Ty was."
Following the celebration there will be a private service at Gloucester Crematorium, in Coney Hill, for family and close friends.
Then from 3.30pm onwards, a party will be held at Coney Hill Rugby Club for everyone who knew Ty to share their memories. The club has donated the room free of charge.
The family have requested that all donations go to Coney Hill junior section.
Chris Dee, head of the junior section at Coney Hill RFC, said: "It will be an emotional day, the lads were cut up when they first heard the news, and at the service I'm sure it will bring it all back.
"The lads are all going to be wearing their Coney Hill shirts and ties and they are going to walk Ty into the Cathedral from the bottom of Westgate Street.
"The boys really wanted to do a guard of honour, and Ty's mum Becky also said it would be a nice thing to do."