FORMER England football captain Bryan Robson joined hundreds of mourners at the funeral of a County Durham man killed in the Bali bomb blast.

Friends and relatives of Ian Findley, 55, a well-loved garage owner from West Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, packed into St Mary's and St Cuthbert's Church in Chester-le-Street, on Monday to pay their last respects.

Ian had been on holiday with a group of friends in Bali last month when he was caught in the blast that ripped through the Sari Club.

At his funeral this week the one-time Middlesbrough manager Bryan Robson, a distant relative of Mr Findley joined the congregation. Mr Robson was born in Chester-le-Street.

The service was led by the Rev Kevin Dunne, who spoke of Ian as being 'one of life's characters, full of fun and mischief.' He said: "He was a real character and the life and soul of the party. He was like the world's oldest teenager."

Mr Dunne said Ian was killed in a senseless act of terrorism and asked the congregation to remember the people of Bali and those bereaved by the bombing.

Ian's sister Carolyn Rutherford and brother Brian Findley travelled to Bali after the blast to find out more information and to try and get his body repatriated to Britain. They flew back to England with his body on Sunday, October 27.

Ian's daughter Amanda, 26, and two other sisters Susan Moralee and Deborah Maxwell also attended the funeral along with Ian's mother Lorraine, 81.

Survivor of the blast, Ian Stafford, 41, of Greencroft, Annfield Plain, a friend and business partner of Mr Findley also attended the funeral. He woke up in hospital after the blast with 110 stitches and shrapnel removed from his leg, chest, throat and shoulder. He then had to identify his friend in the morgue.