Boys’ football passion remembered at funeral

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The mother of four children killed in a house fire told mourners they were “all my heart, my life, my babies”.

Reece Smith, 19, four-year-old twin girls Holly and Ella Smith, and Jordan Smith, aged two, all died from smoke inhalation after the blaze at their family home in Freckleton, Lancashire, last month.

Michelle Smith, 36, joined her five other children at the funeral service at St John the Divine Church in Lytham.

Two separate coffins, carrying Reece and Jordan in one draped in a Blackpool FC flag, and the twins in the other draped in pink were brought in horse-drawn carriages. The procession briefly stopped off at the scene of the blaze before it arrived at the church where the pallbearers – all wearing orange ties in the colours of Blackpool FC – carried them in.

Ms Smith told the congregation: “Reece, you were not only my first born but my best friend, my rock, big brother to your little sisters and brother.

“Holly and Ella, you were my beautiful girls. I remember the day I had my scan and they told me I was having twins and nearly fell off the bed. You were happy cheeky girls who played happily together sometimes but when you fought, you were terrible. You blamed each other for everything and when I questioned you, you both blamed Banger (Jordan).

“Jordan, you were my little man with piercing blue eyes and a very cheeky personality.

“You were all my heart, my life, my babies. God bless my little man Jordan, my beautiful twins Holly and Ella and Reece my hero.”

A murder inquiry was launched after detectives said the fire was started deliberately inside a wardrobe in one of the upstairs attic bedrooms in the converted bungalow on January 7.

A party was being held at the address in Lytham Road for the 36th birthday of Michelle Smith.

An 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains on bail pending further inquiries.

People lined the streets on the funeral procession route from to Lytham yesterday.