Hundreds of mourners gathered today to celebrate the life of a British teenage girl who died after suffering brutal abuse at the hands of cyberbullies.
Hannah Smith, 14, was found hanged in her bedroom at the family home in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, by her sister two weeks ago.
Today more than 400 mourners arrived, dressed in bright clothing and onesies at the family’s request, at St Mary’s Church in the town for her funeral.
Hannah’s father David Smith, dressed in a blue T-shirt and jeans, was among those who carried a purple coffin with “I love you” on the side out of the back of a blue Audi Q7 into the church as heavy rain poured down.
Purple and white balloons lined the aisle to the front of the church and a poster reading “Be Happy for Hannah” hung from a lectern with a picture of the teenager as the Rev Charlie Styles led the service to celebrate the teenager’s life.
Hannah's coffin was carried into the church to 'In The Air Tonight' by Phil Collins.
Her sister, Jo, 16, walked behind the coffin, consoled by her stepmother, Deborah Smith.
During the service, there were readings by Nora Parker, headteacher of Lutterworth High School, and Hannah’s cousin, Ben Hubbard.
Say It Right by Nelly Furtado, one of the teenager’s favourite songs was also played.
Hannah’s coffin was carried out to One Step Beyond by Madness before the congregation gathered on the grass outside the church carrying purple and white balloons from inside.
The balloons were then released into the sky after a count of “1-2-3 - Goodbye” from Mr Styles.