A SIMPLE poem summed up the feelings of the 1,000 people who packed Huddersfield Parish Church and surrounding streets for the funeral of fallen soldier Anton Frampton yesterday.
The poem, penned by Private Frampton's mum Margaret Charlesworth, was spoken by the former Royds Hall High School pupil's uncle Terry Cunliffe and relayed outside the church by a PA system to waiting crowds.
Here is the full text of the moving poem.
"We dropped you off that Saturday night.
You were going to war, you were going to fight.
The rights and wrongs we do not know.
We knew we’d miss you but you had to go.
You kept in touch on Facebook and on the phone.
Telling us you couldn’t wait to get home.
You got our parcels and were full of delight.
Thank you, you said, they were just right.
Your last words, I love you and I will ring you in the week.
Little did we know that would be the last time we’d speak.
Three days later came that knock on the door.
We knew Anton, you were no more.
Killed in a blast in Afghanistan.
You were too young to die, you were only a young man.
You came home a hero on that very sad flight.
We miss you Anton every day and every night.
No longer in our lives to share.
But in our hearts you will always be there.
So wait for us Anton at heaven’s door.
And when we see you, we will have pain no more.
So wait by the door to let us in.
With those big blue eyes and cheeky grin.
Together forever that’s what we will be.
You and your family Anton, you and me."