31 Mar 2016

Thousands turn out for funeral of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

7:56 am on 31 March 2016

Thousands of people turned out for the funeral of the former Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, who gained global notoriety in his tumultuous four years as the leader of Canada's largest city.

Supporters lined the streets of Toronto for the funeral procession to the church from city hall, where some five thousand people had passed Mr Ford's casket over two days.

Television screens were set up in tents outside the cathedral where his funeral was held, for the overflow crowd.

Rob Ford died aged 46, after suffering an aggressive form of cancer.

Despite his problems, both supporters and political adversaries remembered him as a man with huge appeal among ordinary voters.