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Rob Burrow: Thousands take to the streets to honour Leeds Rhinos legend at funeral

Rob Burrow

July 7th is known as Rob Burrow Day and poignantly, today’s celebration of the day has coincided with the Leeds Rhinos legend’s funeral and that’s seen thousands of people line the streets to pay their final respects to him.

The sad news of Rob Burrow’s passing broke on Sunday 2nd June and now five weeks later, his funeral has taken place with a private ceremony for family and friends. However, there was a chance for Rugby League fans and those that Burrow inspired to play their part with details of the funeral cortege revealed by Leeds Rhinos previously.

Thousands of fans obviously took note as they turned out along the route to Pontefract Crematorium with Rugby League shirts from all teams represented, including dozens who donned the shirt recently released to honour Rob Burrow.

Leeds Rhinos wore that shirt against Leigh Leopards on Global MND Awareness Day as they put in their best performance all season to secure a win on an emotional night at Headingley. Plenty of those same fans have now turned up to pay their final show of respect for their hero.

Thousands line streets for the funeral cortege of Rob Burrow

Rob Burrow Funeral

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With the route confirmed well in advance, it ensured plenty of fans turned out to create even more emotional scenes, something that has been common in the weeks since the passing of Rob Burrow.

The tributes at Headingley and at Wembley for the Challenge Cup Final were incredible with Leeds Rhinos confirming that they would be preserving the shirts and notes of condolence left to help create a permanent tribute.

Today’s emotional images have seen fans from countless clubs pay tribute to a Rugby League legend and MND warrior. Footage shared by BBC Yorkshire on social media has shown the funeral car being decorated with flowers by those lining the streets applauding the real-life superhero.

Featherstone Lions, Rob’s boyhood club, have had a book of condolences available to the public with plenty gathering there to send a message of love and support to the family of Rob Burrow.

On social media, ‘RIP Rob’ was one of the trending phrases with thousands taking inspiration from his final message: “In a world full of adversity, we must dare to dream.”

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