THE streets of Whitby will be brought to a standstill on Friday as the town bids farewell to a war hero.
A full military funeral will be held to pay tribute to a Whitby born and bred soldier, Craftsman Andrew Found who was killed while on operations in Afghanistan last month.
The service will be at St Hilda’s Church on the West Cliff at 11am.
Craftsman Found’s coffin is expected to be carried into the church by his fellow soldiers from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and will be draped in the union flag with his cap, belt and medals placed on the top.
North Yorkshire County Council has put up temporary no parking notices around the church to allow for the logistics of the military service which is expected to attract people wishing to pay their respects.
Following the service there will be a private burial at Whitby Cemetery and a reception at the Met for all family and friends.
Craftsman Found died from injuries sustained while on patrol in the Helmand Provence on Thursday 16 June.
The vehicle he was in was hit by an improvised explosive device. When Craftsman Found got out to inspect the damage he was caught up in a secondary blast.
He leaves a wife Samantha, two young sons Jaxson and Michael and parents Alan and Jennifer and brother Simon.