Mourners carried the coffin
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Funeral in Belfast for snooker ace Alex Higgins

The funeral of the former world champion snooker player Alex Higgins has taken place in Belfast.

The 61-year-old died last month after a long battle with throat cancer.

Past and present stars of the game, including Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty and Joe Swail joined mourners in St Anne's Cathedral to remember his life.

Hundreds more gathered outside.

During the service, Alex Higgins' daughter Lauren read out a poem she had written on behalf of herself and her younger brother, Jordan.

  • 02 Aug 2010