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The family of deceased Australian batsman Phillip Hughes has called on everyone to attend his funeral, which will be held in his hometown of Macksville at 2pm on December 3.
Hughes tragically passed away at the age of 25 when he was struck on the side of the neck by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
As of right now, approximately 5,000 people are expected to attend the funeral.
Cricket Australia added that they expect 300 to 400 dignitaries and past and present players to attend the service as well.
“For the people who aren’t able to get into the hall, the family has made arrangements for several overflow areas at the local high school,” Hughes’ manager, James Henderson, said. “So everybody should come to celebrate Phillip’s life. That’s what the family wants.”
After the service, the players will form a guard of honour and a public procession will then follow the hearse through the town of Macksville.
“People who are at the high school during the service are asked to line the streets and pay the most fitting farewell to Macksville’s favourite,” Henderson said. “Also tomorrow evening, the whole town will stop to celebrate Phillip’s life. The family wants to see as many people as it possibly can.”
Henderson also revealed that Hughes’ family have been extremely touched by the amount of support and tributes that have come pouring in since the tragedy occurred.
“The past week has certainly been a very, very difficult time for the family and for the broader community,” he said. “And they’ve been very moved from the support that’s come from here in Australia and obviously all the way around the world, where Phil’s untimely and sad passing has affected so many people.
“They’re very proud that their son has made such an impression on people who knew him and obviously people now who have come to know him in this unfortunate circumstance…Hughesy was a real no-fuss guy, and I know he would be looking down on this and wondering what the hell is going on.”