Hun­dreds join fi­nal trib­ute to Georgina

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @jamie_lopez1

ARI­ANA Grande su­per­fan Georgina Cal­lan­der was laid to rest at an emo­tional fu­neral ser­vice in Tar­leton last week.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple turned out to pay trib­ute and wore yel­low flow­ers or cloth­ing to hon­our the 18-year-old, who died in the Manch­ester Arena ter­ror at­tack.

Georgina’s coffin, pulled by a Dis­neythemed horse and car­riage, also matched the yel­low theme and was adorned with a se­lec­tion of fam­ily pho­to­graphs.

The teenager’s par­ents, Les­lie and Si­mon, as well as her broth­ers, Daniel and Harry, laid a sin­gle red rose in trib­ute ahead of the cer­e­mony.

In a state­ment, the fam­ily paid trib­ute to their “beau­ti­ful” daugh­ter.

They said: “On the 22nd of May, 2017 our lives changed for­ever as our amaz­ing daugh­ter, Georgina Bethany Cal­lan­der, was sense­lessly taken away.

“Her life was taken away af­ter 18 short years by evil, evil men pre­pared to ruin lives and de­stroy fam­i­lies, for what?

“Georgina was as beau­ti­ful on the inside as she was on the out­side, with a smile that was never-end­ing. She al­ways had big hugs for ev­ery­one and her life was bloom­ing like the flow­ers she loved.

“She had not long passed her driv­ing test and was do­ing great in her ex­ams.

“She had been ac­cepted into Edge Hill Univer­sity here was a girl who was lov­ing life.

“I wish I could say that Georgina is one of the last to die in this way, but un­less our gov­ern­ment opens its eyes we know we are only an­other in a long line of par­ents on a list that con­tin­ues to grow.

“I want to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank our won­der­ful po­lice and res­cue ser­vices.

“With­out their sac­ri­fice this would have been a lot worse.

“We would also like to thank all the peo­ple who have sent car­ing mes­sages of love and sup­port, es­pe­cially our lo­cal vil­lagers.

“Thank you for the hugs, love and kind words; they re­ally have had a pro-

Georgina’s par­ents, Les­ley and Si­mon, fol­low the horse-drawn car­riage tak­ing Georgina to church

Dad Si­mon car­ries Georgina’s coffin, left, along­side her broth­ers, Daniel and Harry, and, right, a po­lice car car­ries a trib­ute to the mur­dered teenager

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