Hundreds join final tribute to Georgina
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-