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Manchester Arena victim Martyn Hett laid to rest with 'fabulous and theatrical' funeral service

Martyn Hett

Manchester Arena victim Martyn Hett was laid to rest in a "theatrical and fabulous" funeral attended by friends and celebrities.

The 29-year-old PR manager was one of 22 people killed by a suicide bomber at a concert.

Friends and celebrity admirers alike packed out his funeral service.

It included a personal message from pop diva Mariah Carey, who said he was "shining down on us from heaven".

Mr Hett was known as a Coronation Street superfan, and his coffin was decorated with the show's logo and pictures of the case.

Many of the show's actors arrived in person to pay tribute, including including Helen Worth (GailRodwell), Jennie McAlpine (Fiz Stape), Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor), Antony Cotton (Sean Tully), and Faye Brookes (Kate Connor).

Mr Hett's coffin was decorated with the Coronation Street logo. Credit: PA

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The service also had a personal tribute from former pop idol winner Michelle McManus, who met Mr Hett on Twitter and became good friends with him.

"I'm just someone that met Martyn because Martyn was so kind to me and kindness is really under-rated, I think, in this world today," she said.

"I'll be forever grateful I knew Martyn."

Former Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus gave a tribute.

Mr Hett's father, Paul, said he was struck by how many lives his son has touched.

He would have "gone on to achieve the most amazing things" had his life not been cut short, he said.

"I would describe Martyn's life as one long rollercoaster ride," he said.

"You never knew where it would take you or what was round that corner, but you couldn't wait for it to happen."

Mourners hug outside the funeral ceremony. Credit: PA

"In a very nice way, Martyn loved being in the limelight and the centre of attention. He would be loving every minute of this fantastic celebration of his life.

– Paul Hett

When the service finished, the coffin was carried out of the church to Grande's One Last Time - the last song played at the concert before the terror attack.

Mourners stood in the street and applauded as the coffin left in a carriage pulled by two white horses.

Many of Mr Hett's family and friends also remembered him on social media with the hashtag #bemoremartyn.

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