THE funeral of the first British victim to be identified from the wreckage of Flight MH17 will take place today.
Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney will be laid to rest after his body was flown back from Ukraine following the tragedy.
The family will be joined at the service by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, club captain Fabricio Coloccini, managing director Lee Charnley and assistant manager John Carver.
Mr Sweeney was travelling with fellow ‘superfan’ John Alder on their way to watch their team play in New Zealand, when the plane came down in the east of the country.
After the crash hundreds of tributes and flowers were left outside St James’s Park, and the club said the forthcoming season would be dedicated to them both.
On Sunday, family members of both fans laid flowers in the centre circle of the stadium and a minute’s silence was held before the home game against Manchester City kicked off.
The service will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle, and will be followed by a private burial.