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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Musical Farewell to Lindal teenager Bethany Crook

FAMILY and friends of Bethany Crook said an emotional goodbye to a “warm-hearted and beautiful girl” at her funeral service on Friday.

Hundreds of people turned up to Barrow Cemetery for the 14-year-old’s funeral, where a series of touching tributes were read out.

The coffin arrived on a horse-drawn carriage before mourners packed into the chapel for the service, which was so well-attended that some people had to listen from outside.

Sheryl Crow’s version of Sweet Child of Mine – the same song which was sung when friends and family gathered to set off lanterns in the Lindal teenager’s honour at Ford Park last weekend – was played over the speakers as people made their way inside.

Pastor Stuart Matthews led the service, calling on mourners to celebrate Bethany’s life.

He said: “Beth was just short of 15 years old and we want to remember the good times that we had.

“I had the privilege of knowing Beth personally – she was a happy and smiley girl.”

Mourners described an “amazing” young girl who was passionate about drama and music.

Poems read out on behalf of various relatives lamented losing her at such a young age after she was hit by a minibus on the A590 on May 1.

Two of Bethany’s closest friends read out a poem in her memory.

They painted a picture of a friend who was always there for them and was “one of the most beautiful girls”.

Colynne Hicks, head of drama at Ulverston Victoria High School, was one of Bethany’s teachers and paid tribute to a girl who was “beautiful inside and out”.

She said: “Her happy, smiling face would come round the drama studio door and she and her friends would sit on the studio steps learning lines for their next production.

“Inside, she was a gentle person, thoughtful and caring.

“Beth loved her family and friends and was loved in return. She was a beautiful and valued member of our school community.”

UVHS is also organising a book of remembrance for students to write down their own memories of Bethany.

Mourners left the service listening to One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful.

Mr Matthews said: “The music chosen by the family reflects Beth’s love of music. Beth’s final weekend was spent going to see One Direction.”

Donations in Bethany’s memory can be made to the Emmanuel Christian Church Youth Group by sending them to Little and Caine, in Ulverston Road, Dalton.

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