A MUM paid a moving tribute to her son who died tragically.
Mrs Pauline Dollery was so emotional a family friend read out her tribute to her 17-year-old son, James, at his funeral yesterday.
James mysteriously vanished after leaving his Waterloo home to meet friends on November 19 last year.
They all went their separate ways at about 9.30pm, but James never returned to his home at Sunnymead in Waterloo.
His body was found at the foot of a steep rocky banking behind Tandem Taxis at Wakefield Road, Waterloo, on February 3.
Police at first thought he had been dead for only two weeks - but now think he may have died at about the time he disappeared.
James's funeral was held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on College Street, Crosland Moor, yesterday followed by burial at Lockwood cemetery.
Family and friends travelled from across Britain for the service.
Speaking before the funeral, Mrs Dollery said: "James had a great sense of humour and during his childhood liked playing practical jokes - usually on me.
"Many people will remember James for his caring nature and love for his family, friends and animals.
"He was positive and optimistic about the future and it was with great regret that his life came to such a tragic end.
"We wanted the funeral to be seen as a celebration of his short life. Those who truly loved James will know that this world will not be the same without him."
The Dollery family moved to Huddersfield from the Cambridge village of Soham in 1993.
James attended Almondbury Junior School and then Almondbury High.
Mrs Dollery said: "James excelled at maths and science and showed great enthusiasm in these subjects.
"He loved science fiction and nature programmes on TV along with anything about ancient civilisations. He loved all sports, especially rugby."
An inquest has been opened and adjourned in Huddersfield into James's death.
He died from a fractured spine - injuries consistent with a fall from the steep rocky banking behind the taxi office.
Police are still waiting for the full results from a post-mortem.