THE COMMUNITY gathered to pay a final farewell to the much-loved children and father who were tragically killed after being hit by a car in Dalton on Father’s Day.

Thirty-seven-year-old Joshua James Flynn, son Coby-Jay, 15, and daughter Skylar, 12, were killed along with beloved dog Troy on Abbey Road last month.

David Logan, 47, has since been charged with three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

There was a sombre atmosphere yesterday morning as people lined the streets outside Furness Academy, Barrow, to pay their respects as the funeral cortege filed past.

Ribbons were attached to railings by mourners as tributes and, at mum Emma Flynn’s request, the hearses were met with a round of applause to honour the deceased.

Tributes have poured in for the young family since the tragedy, which profoundly shocked the Furness and South Lakeland communities.

And the people who lined Park Drive outside Furness Academy, where Skylar and Coby-Jay went to school, again offered their condolences.

Jackie Hudson, who used to work with Mrs Flynn at St George’s School, Barrow, described her as a ‘lovely mum’ who would ‘do anything for anybody’.

“There’s not a lot I can say because I’m absolutely devastated myself. It’s just such a shock,” she said.

David Brooksbank, of Barrow, said: “It’s just beyond horrific, for the loved ones (to be) taken away, especially on Father’s Day.

“The whole community have definitely felt this one.

“The wife - I just wish her the strength to be able to carry on, to find strength in something.

“We are all heartbroken for her. I couldn’t even even imagine what she’s going through.

“Her whole world ripped apart by an absolutely mindless act.”

Pauline Park, of Barrow, said the tragedy had affected the town ‘very badly’.

“What else could anybody say. Because they were a nice family. It’s unbelievable really,” she said.

Another mourner from Barrow, who asked not to be named, described her ‘total disbelief’ that such a tragedy ‘could happen around here’.

She described the Flynns as a ‘lovely family’ and said her thoughts were with Mrs Flynn and other family members.

After leaving the Flynn family’s Barrow home, the funeral cortege paused on Park Drive just after 10am.

Teachers gathered on the hill outside the school to pay their respects, and a round of applause was observed by mourners as the hearses passed.

The cortege then moved on for a private funeral at Thorncliffe Crematorium.

“It will take us all a very long time to come to terms with the loss and the manner in which it happened,” said a spokesman for the school on a previous occasion.

"We are all deeply shocked and saddened that two bright and beautiful young people have had their lives tragically ended.”