Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Family and friends say farewell to fun-loving Hannah with 'party' in her memory

Hannah's coffin was pulled through the streets by horses Photo: ITV Anglia

Hundreds of mourners packed out a church in Hemsby in Norfolk for the funeral of Hannah Witheridge who was murdered in Thailand.

Hannah's family wanted her funeral to be a party for her and mourners arrived carrying baskets of flowers. They also clapped along to the music, keen that the service should be more one of celebration for Hannah's life rather than a mournful event.

A horse drawn carriage took Hannah to St Mary the Virgin Church which over-flowed with hundreds of people.

Prayers were said while a video of Hannah played in the church. The songs included John Legend's All of Me, Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, Little Things by One Direction, Cucurucu by Nick Mulvey and Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran.

Hannah's close friends and family gave readings, including her sister Laura, brother Paul and father Tony.

The service was broadcast outside so that those who couldn't fit into the church could also listen.

Her coffin was carried from the church to the song She's So Lovely by Scouting For Girls. The congregation clapped along to the music and cheered Hannah was taken on her final journey.

Hannah who was 23, was killed last month on the island of Koh Tao along with her friend David Miller. After the funeral the family held a private burial for Hannah.

The funeral of Hannah Witheridge Credit: ITV Anglia

Natalie Gray reports below on a colourful funeral that had, as Hannah's family hoped, more of a party atmosphere than one of mourning.

Hannah Witheridge Credit: Norfolk Police

More on this story