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Parents of April Jones prepare to say goodbye

April Jones' parents, Coral and Paul, prepare to say goodbye to the five-year-old.

The parents of April Jones wore pink as they prepared to say goodbye to the five-year-old at a funeral service, a year after she was killed.

It comes five days before the first anniversary of April's murder and just 10 days after an inquest released her remains to her family.

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Moving montage of April photographs to be shown

April's family will finally pay an emotional farewell to the five-year-old - a year after she was killed. Credit: Dyfed-Powys Police/PA Wire

A moving montage of photographs showing April at play will be shown to mourners as they file into the church.

The images will play out on a 50-inch flat screen TV placed at one side to the rear of the church for best visibility.

Put together by April's sister Jazmin, 17, the montage formed part of her recent GCSE school project.

The brief video footage will be played to music chosen by the teenager for the occasion.

The photographs have all been taken from the family's personal album and include the image of a single pink bow used as a beacon of hope by many after April went missing.

April's parents 'grateful to be able to have funeral'

Reverend Kathleen Rogers of St Peter's Church tells ITV News that April Jones' parents will be glad to have a graveside to visit. Credit: ITV News

Reverend Kathleen Rogers of St Peter's Church spoke to ITV News ahead of the funeral for April Jones today and said that despite not having a body to bury, April's parents are happy to lay their child's remains to rest.

"It's never going to be enough, what they want is their child [April's body] home, but sadly I can't see that happening in the foreseeable future and they are extremely grateful for what they have got.

"Now they will have a grave to visit, something that belongs to them. The small amount they've got is something that they're grabbing onto."

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Funeral of April Jones to take place later today

April Jones, 5, was abducted on October 1st last year by local man Mark Bridger. Credit: PA

The funeral of murdered schoolgirl April Jones will take place in Machynlleth, almost a year after she was abducted.

Hundreds of mourners are expected at the mid-Wales town, near where the five-year-old lived.

Read more: April Jones' parents plan a funeral for their daughter

They are being asked to wear pink, April's favourite colour, or bright colours in her memory.

Despite one of the biggest searches in police history April's body has never been found. Tiny fragments of bone were found in the home of her killer, 47-year-old Mark Bridger.

The remains have been formally released to the family after a coroner's hearing concluded without a verdict.

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Donations to April Jones' funeral given to African child

Donations in memory of murdered schoolgirl April Jones will be used to sponsor an African child through education. Credit: PA

Donations made at the funeral of April Jones will be used to sponsor a child in Uganda through education, church leaders have said.

The funeral of five-year-old April is due to take place later today in the Welsh market town of Machynlleth at midday - almost a year to the day since she was snatched.

The Rev Kathleen Rogers, who is leading the ceremony, said donations would be sent to Africa via the charity World Vision.

She continued: "In an attempt to see some good out of this tragedy, we have decided to sponsor a little girl from a village in Uganda in memory of April."

A memorial garden on a community green yards from her family home with a pink dollhouse, pink flowers and pink furry animals has also been built.

Inquest into death of murdered schoolgirl April Jones

The body of April Jones has never been found. Credit: Police

An inquest will be opened into the death of murdered schoolgirl April Jones today.

The five-year-old was snatched by Mark Bridger outside her home in Machynlleth, mid Wales, on October 1 last year before being killed by the 47-year-old.

Despite one of the biggest search operations in police history, the girl's body has never been found.

Officers did manage to recover fragments of a child's skull from the ashes of Bridger's fireplace at his home in Ceinws.

April's parents Coral and Paul hope their daughter's inquest, which takes place in the Powys town of Welshpool this morning, will enable them to finally lay what remains of their daughter to rest.

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