The family of April Jones bid an emotional farewell to the five-year-old today, almost a year since the first anniversary of her murder.
Our producer reflects on how Machynlleth came together to look for April, and has kept hope alive in the months since.
Our presenter remembers a week at the start of October when the world's media descended on the small town of Machynlleth.
The funeral of five-year-old April Jones has taken place in her home town of Machynlleth.
Hundreds of mourners, all wearing pink, have been paying their respects.
The family of April Jones said a final farewell as the town that shared their grief came to a standstill.
The tiny white coffin carrying her remains was borne through the streets of Machynlleth in a horse-drawn hearse as the community stood in silence or followed behind, all wearing pink in tribute to the schoolgirl.
Paul Davies reports:
Pink floral tributes were placed at the entrance of St Peter's Church by well-wishers, carrying heartfelt messages of sympathy for April Jones and her family.
One stated simply: "Fly high little angel, forever in our hearts, lots of love, Lorna, Boyd, Connie, Ella and Ewan."
Another pink bouquet carried the message: "In loving memory of April. From Nan and Grandad."
The Order of Service pictured a carefree and smiling April Jones on the beach wearing a bright orange top and shorts.
Her devastated mother sobbed audibly in grief as she walked slowly into the funeral service for her murdered daughter.
After the service, the funeral party left the church for a private burial.
The town of Machynlleth will come to standstill today as people pay their last respects to April Jones.
April disappeared when playing outside her home on the Bryn-y-gog estate in Machynlleth on 1st October last year.
She was never seen again and despite one of the biggest police searches ever mounted her body has never been recovered.
Mark Bridger was found guilty of her abduction and murder earlier this year. The 47-year-old paedophile is currently serving a whole life sentence.
A horse-drawn hearse will carry her coffin through the town before a service is held at St. Peter's Church. Local people, many of whom took part in the search to find her, are expected to line the main street.
April's parents, Paul and Coral Jones, have asked people to wear pink - her favourite colour - as a way of remembering her.
Donations made at the funeral of April Jones will be used to sponsor a girl in Africa.
The Rev Kathleen Rogers, who is officiating the ceremony, said donations made at the service will be be used to sponsor a child in Uganda, through the charity World Vision.
Tomorrow the town of Machynlleth will come to a halt for the funeral of April Jones. The five year old was murdered after being abducted as she played near her home almost a year ago.
Many believe the events of last October have changed the town forever, as Kevin Ashford reports.
An inquest is due to open today into the death of murdered schoolgirl April Jones.
Powys Coroner Louise Hunt will formally open the inquest at Welshpool council chamber.
April's mother and father, Paul and Coral Jones, are expected to attend the short hearing.
April was five years old when she went missing from her home in Machynlleth last October.
Mark Bridger, 47, was arrested following her disappearance and sentenced to life in prison for her abduction and murder in May.
Despite the largest search in police history, April's body has never been found.
A funeral is expected to be held for her later this month in her hometown.
The family of April Jones are expected to attend an inquest into the murdered schoolgirl's death next week.
A hearing will be held in Welshpool on Monday, in preparation for a full inquest in the town at a later date.
Mark Bridger, 47, was given a whole life sentence in May, after being convicted of her abduction and murder.
April was last seen on 1 October 2012, playing outside her home in Machynlleth. Her body has never been found, despite the largest search in British policing history.
Powys coroner Louise Hunt is expected to adjourn the hearing on Monday, after receiving a brief update on the current situation from police.
A spokesman for the coroner's office said a number of April's family would be attended the hearing.