CROWDS of people are expected to line the streets in Newport today (Thursday), for the funeral of Isle of Wight teenager Joe Ellis.
Joe, 13, whose battle against cancer and the campaign to raise £100,000 to fund a new drug treatment brought the Island's community together, died last week.
His family has said all are welcome to attend today's funeral, which will take place at Sts Thomas' Minster Church, Newport.
Joe's father Simon, a police officer, is to drive a steam traction engine to the service, in recognition of his son's shared passion for the vehicles.
It will travel along South Street into St James Street and down Pyle Street, into St Thomas' Square. Their journey is due to start at 1.15pm and they will be escorted by police outriders.
The family has asked people to make as much noise as possible as the cortege makes its way to the church, and to dress casually in blue and purple, rather than formal black clothing.
The service starts at 2pm and there will be facilities to relay the service outside the church.