PC David Rathband laid to rest in Stafford

Pallbearers carrying the coffin of PC David Rathband into Stafford Crematorium
Pallbearers carrying the coffin of PC David Rathband into Stafford Crematorium Photo: ITV Central

More than a hundred people have paid their last respects at the funeral of PC David Rathband in Stafford.

The service was open to members of the public and audio from inside the chapel at the Tixall Road Crematorium was broadcast through a PA system to people outside.

When the funeral procession arrived shortly after midday, it was greeted by standard bearers and the playing of bagpipes.

Also played through the PA system was the comedy song, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" written by Eric Idle, which featured in the film Monty Python's Life of Brian.

Carly Fee, who carried out a humanist service in front of a congregation at Stafford Crematorium, explained that the family were "unanimous" that PC Rathband's funeral should be a celebration of his life.

She said the song - which drew laughs from the mourners - was chosen because

"it encapsulates David's own optimistic outlook and irrepressible humour".

– Carly Fee, Humanist celebrant
PC David Rathband
PC David Rathband Credit: ITV Central

Throughout the service there were readings from David's family and friends.

They also spoke of his positive outlook on life and his very public struggle to cope with his blindness after the shooting by gunman Raoul Moat in 2010.

His twin brother Darren said David never classed himself as a hero, and always said he was simply doing his job.

After the service the family left for a private burial.