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Funeral for a loved-up friend... 'We didn't get to say our last goodbyes after he changed his relationship status'.

Byline: Tyler Mears Reporter tyler.mears@walesonline.co.uk

A loved-up lad, who thought he was going on a rare night out to the pub to watch rugby with his friends on Saturday, had no idea he was actually going to his own funeral. A group of Rhondda football boys hosted the surprise 'funeral' for 20-year-old Keiran Cable - after he got into a relationship and hadn't been on a night out with them since.

The group of around 50 friends, who play for the local Prince FC football team in Treorchy, hosted the funeral, which was complete with a coffin, a funeral car, order of service leaflets, a vicar and football song 'hymns.'.

His friend Ben Sullivan said: "Keiran had been in a relationship for a few months and it felt like he had died because none of us had seen him since then and he wasn't replying to any of our group texts or mails.

"A couple of weeks ago we were all in the pub and we all started saying RIP Keiran so we decided if he wasn't going to come out with and us and was going to pretend he was dead then we'd organise a funeral for him.

"He had no idea what was going on. He thought he was coming out to watch the rugby but he came out the back of the pub and we were all there waiting.

"One of the boys, Shaun Bundy, organised most of it and he spent Friday and Saturday making the cof-fin. Another one of the boys, Daniel Bundock was the vicar, and gave speeches from the Old Testament, and Matthew Lewis wrote a song especially in Keiran's memory, to the tune of the Kaiser Chiefs song Ruby.

"I borrowed a funeral car and we drove the coffin from pub to pub, with the vicar in front and all of the boys in procession behind it. The roads were completely closed off, it was epic."

The pranksters also printed around 50 Order of Service leaflets, labelled 'In Loving Memory of Keiran Cable',' complete with songs by The Vaccines, Oasis and The Jam.

It also paid a 'special thanks' to carpenter Shaun for creating the 'magnifi-cent coffin' and 'vicar' Daniel Bundock who 'carried out a memorable and respectful ceremony'.

It said: "Thoughts are with friends of Keiran at this dark time. However they shouldn't grieve for him but wish him luck as he continues on in his next life.

"Keiran has had a tough 18 months trying to keep his friendship with his friends alive but sadly the wait is now over and has floated up to the gates of heaven.

"What hurts the most is that we were starved of precious time to say out last goodbyes after his relationship status was changed from 'Single' to 'in a Relationship.'.

"It is now time for us to finally say our last goodbyes by raising a glass for our friend Keiran."

But Keiran took the stunt in good faith, saying: "As soon as I walked into the pub I was met by about 50 boys all suited up and cheering.

"I was in complete shock didn't know what to do or say. My cheeks were aching from smiling so much. The boys made a massive effort and it was definitely a day to remember."

The 'funeral' congregation who held a funeral for 'loved-up' Keiran Cable

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 20, 2015
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