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Grandparents' floral tribute 'in loving memory' of April

A floral tribute in memory of April Jones outside St Peter's Church, Machynlleth. Credit: PA Wire

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."

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Carefree and smiling April pictured on Order of Service

The Order of Service showed a picture of April Jones on the beach. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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 funeral service for April Jones was held at St Peter's Church in the market town of Machynlleth. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Funeral for April Jones to take place in Machynlleth

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The five-year-old disappeared from outside her home in October last year Credit: Family / Dyfed Powys Police

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.

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Inquest into death of April Jones due to open

April Jones was abducted in October 2012 Credit: Family/Dyfed Powys Police

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.

April Jones' family expected at inquest on Monday

April Jones was five years old when she was abducted last October. Credit: Family photograph / Dyfed-Powys Police

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.

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