MORE than 150 family and friends of suspected murder victim Alan Lee Street came together to celebrate his short life on Monday.
Scores of his closest pals waited at the gates of New Lane Baptist Church in Oswaldtwistle to see the 26-year-old, of Lime Avenue, laid to rest.
Alan’s body was found in an underground culvert in Mount Street, Accrington, after a 39-day police hunt.
It is believed he died in a house in Stockbridge Road, Padiham, three days before Christmas.
A wreath of white flowers and a bouquet of red roses bearing the message We will always love you, mum and dad were placed on the coffin.
Four of his drinking buddies carried him into the church to Leona Lewis’s rendition of Run.
His heartbroken mum Anne Bennett, who was dressed in a long black coat and black hat, was supported throughout the service by Alan’s dad, also named Alan.
His devastated girlfriend Jayne Procter was at the service with her son Elton.
She held a single red rose throughout the service and placed a picture of Alan on his coffin as the service began.
Family friend Pastor Robert Clarke, a minister from Blackburn, led the service and paid tribute to "a happy and polite man" who he had known for many years.
He then invited Alan’s boss Tim Walker, who he had worked with for more than three years as a kitchen fitter, to pay tribute .
Tim said: "Alan was an optimistic lad, who loved socialising with his friends.
"He loved Wigan Pier and Lava and Ignite in Burnley and I am sure everyone who used to drink with him will miss him immensely.
"When he worked with me he got on with everything he was asked to do without moaning or grumbling.
"He was rarely in a low mood and it was easy to see why everyone he met and spoke to ended up thinking a lot of him.
"It’s a testament to him that so many people came here today to pay their respects."
Pastor Clarke then read the poem Footprints in the Sand on behalf of the family before four more of his friends carried him out of the church ready for the committal to Goodbye My Lover by James Blunt.
Floral tributes adorned the graveside including a large white Stella can, Alan’s favourite drink, from a number of his friends, the word Baby with the message Baby I will always love you - until we meet again, Jayne, as well as other wreaths and a number of rose-filled bouquets.
Mourners were then invited to attend two wakes, one in the church hall and one in the New Inn, Oswaldtwistle.
* Peter Leonard, 51, of no fixed address, formerly of Arncliffe Avenue, Accrington, Alan Palmer of Stockbridge Road, Padiham, and Ian Palmer, of Whitegate Close, Padiham, have all been charged with Alan's murder and they are due to appear at Preston Crown Court on 14 April to enter a plea. Kieran Davis, 20, of Stockbridge Road, Padiham, is also charged with murder and will appear at Preston Crown Court on 6 April. Four others, including Alan’s cousin Nicola Street, have been charged with assisting an offender and will appear at Preston Crown Court 14 April.