Eyes gushed up all around and mourners, including Australian captain Michael Clarke, broke down while reading out heart-rending tributes to the late Phillip Hughes, who was laid to rest in his home town Macksville on December 3rd.
Michael Clarke and the rest of the Australian Test squad were joined by former and current players from around the world, and friends and relatives from Phillip Hughes’ hometown of 2,500 people on the northern coast of New South Wales state, Macksville.
The following things took place to say a final goodbye to Phillip Hughes:
- Order of Service
- Introductory Rites: Opening Music Forever Young
- Welcome and Opening Prayer
- Liturgy of the Word
- First Reading: Read by James Henderson
- Responsorial Psalm
- Gospel: Read by Father Peter Jones
- Prayers of the Faithful: Read by Samantha Trodden
- The Lord’s Prayer
- Eulogy from Family: Nino Ramunno, Jason Hughes, Megan Hughes
- Tributes: Corey Ireland, Michael Clarke
- Final Commendation & Farewell
- Prayer of Commendation
- Song of Farewell: Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me
Australian captain Michael Clarke’s heartfelt tribute left everyone in tears. Here is the transcript of what he said:
“I don’t know about you, but I keep looking for him. I know it’s crazy, but I expect any minute to take a call from him, or to see his face pop around the corner.
“Is this what we call the spirit? If so, then his spirit is still with me and I hope it never leaves.”
“I stood there at the wicket, I kneeled down and touched the grass, I swear he was with me,” he said.
“Picking me up off my feet to check if I was OK, telling me we just needed to dig in and get through to tea.”
Here’s the video:
The tweets from the Sydeny Cricket Ground and 7 Sport also left everyone in tears:
— 7Sport (@7Sport) December 3, 2014
A sorry resting sign hanging at the front door of Phillip Hughes parent’s house:
A touching sign outside Macksville’s public school:
Virat Kohli, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath and Ravi Shastri all arrive at Hughes’s funeral:
Michael Clarke tries to stay composed at the beginning of the service:
Michael Clarke pauses during his tribute to Hughes:
Pallbearers carry the coffin of Phillip Hughes:
Flowers given to the Hughes family are laid inside the Macksville High School stadium:
Phillip Hughes always loved his cricket: