Hun­dreds say their good­byes to Saffie

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HUN­DREDS of peo­ple came to­gether to pay their re­spects to Saffie Rose Rous­sos at her fu­neral yes­ter­day.

The ser­vice for the eight-year-old was held at Manch­ester Cathe­dral at 1.45pm yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day, July 26).

Saffie, a pupil at Tar­leton Com­mu­nity Pri­mary, was the youngest of the 22 peo­ple mur­dered in the atroc­ity as they were leav­ing an Ar­i­ana Grande con­cert on May 22.

Saffie’s was the last of the funer­als of the vic­tims, with a ser­vice for 18-year-old Ge­orgina Cal­lan­der held in Tar­leton last month.

The fu­neral was de­layed un­til Saffie’s mother, Lisa, who was badly in­jured in the ex­plo­sion, was well enough to leave the hospi­tal.

Crowds gath­ered out­side the cathe­dral and sung Don’t Look Back In Anger, by Oa­sis, a song that has be­come an an­them of hope af­ter the at­tack.

Mourn­ers, in­clud­ing Saffie’s class­mates, GMP chief con­sta­ble and metro mayor Andy Burn­ham, ar­rived car­ry­ing roses. Saffie’s par­ents asked guests to bring a sin­gle rose in hon­our of her mid­dle name.

Chris Up­ton, the head­teacher of Tar­leton Com­mu­nity Pri­mary, gave a eu­logy dur­ing the ser­vice.

Speak­ing pre­vi­ously, he said: “Saffie was sim­ply a beau­ti­ful lit­tle girl in ev­ery as­pect of the word.

“She was loved by ev­ery­one and her warmth and kind­ness will be re­mem­bered fondly.”

While crowds gath­ered in Manch­ester, the Tar­leton com­mu­nity also said their good­byes to Saffie.

A 20-minute ser­vice was held at Tar­leton Church by Fr David Craven be­fore a pro­ces­sion then walked to Marks Square to lay flow­ers.

Dur­ing the day, thou­sands flocked to so­cial me­dia to pay tributes to Saffie, lead­ing to #ARoseForSaffie trend­ing on Twit­ter.

In a let­ter sent to the Manch­ester Evening News, the Rous­sos fam­ily said: “Our fam­ily wants to thank ev­ery­one who took a mo­ment to pay their re­spects in any way.

“With the gen­er­ous sup­port of or­gan­i­sa­tions and peo­ple like you, we are able to sur­vive through these dark days that came upon us and hon­our the pride of our fam­ily and mem­ory of Saffie Rose Rous­sos.”

Saffie Rose Rous­sos

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