08/11/2012

Missing Boy's Funeral Held Today

A funeral will be held later for a British boy who drowned while cycling on an island in the south of France.

12-year-old Pierre Barnes from Grantham in Lincolnshire vanished on 27 October while cycling on Porquerolles.

The boy went missing just hours after arriving for a half-term family holiday.

His funeral will be held in the church where he was baptised in the south of Paris. Pierre’s mother is French.

A memorial service is due to be held on Monday in the church next to his former primary school in Lincolnshire.

Pierre's father Stephen Barnes said the discovery of the body gave the family closure and allowed for a proper burial. He has been back in Lincolnshire this week preparing for the larger service.

Former pupils of the school who had been in Pierre’s class have been invited.

The body was found in deep water on 1 November following an extensive search launched by police and local residents.

It was discovered about a mile from where his bike and one of his shoes had been found.

(IT/GK)

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