Winnie Johnson funeral

The funeral of Winnie Johnson, mother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett has taking place in Manchester. The 78-year-old died earlier this month without fulfilling her wish to be able to bury her son, who was killed in 1964.

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A funeral service for Winnie Johnson

Winnie Johnson passed away on August 20 aged 78 Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The congregation heard tributes from Winnie Johnson's grandson Stephen Prescott and the partner of another grandson, Elizabeth Bond.

They did not mention her long fight to discover where the rermains of her son Keith Bennett are buried.

Instead, they concentrated on a woman who was the centre of a large family and always had twinkle in her eye.

It was left to Canon Ian Gomersall to recall her years of courage as she pleaded to know what had happened to her boy. He said "I pay tribute to Winnie's courage and determination to bring her son back to her family."

Mother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett to be buried

The funeral of Winnie Johnson, the mother of Keith Bennett, murdered by Ian Brady, will take place in Manchester today.

78-year-old Winnie had been suffering from cancer for a number of years and passed away peacefully, but without fulfilling her final wish - to find the body of her son and give him a Christian funeral and burial.

Winnie has always maintained that Ian Brady remembers where the body was hidden and appealed to him directly to reveal the location before she died. ITV News reporter Sally Biddulph reports on the mother who never gave up her fight for her son.

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