“Look in the top right corner at the little boys face. This is unbelievable.”
Mr Shields, whose company provided the superheroes that accompanied Bradley’s coffin towards the church, took the picture on a Samsung S5.
A memorial service was held for the youngster, who captured the nation’s hearts over the last few months during his battle against neuroblastoma, at a church in Blackhall Colliery yesterday.
He was just six when he died and his family opened parts of the funeral to the public by inviting well-wishers to visit the village and line the streets.
It was reported that hundreds came to pay to their respects to the child who developed a heart-warming friendship with footballer Jermain Defoe, who was playing for nearby Sunderland AFC.
Many mourners wore the club’s red and white strip – in tribute to his support for the team – while others came in the kits of other teams with the name Bradley printed across the back.
Mr Defoe jointed the crowds and wore an England football shirt with the name Bradley and number six on the back.
Former Sunderland manager David Moyes was also in attendance and was in post when the youngster made an appearance at the Stadium of Light to highlight the medical condition.
Bradley and Mr Defoe developed a close bond following the event, Bradley appeared as a mascot, and the striker continued to stay in touch with his family as his condition worsened.
The youngster sadly passed away on July 7.