Manchester attack victim Courtney Boyle laid to rest in Gateshead

Courtney Boyle Credit: Family photo

A teenager who was tragically killed in the Manchester terror attack hasbeen laid to rest.

Courtney Boyle, 19, was one of 22 who lost their lives when a suicidebomber blew himself up at the Ariana Grande concert in the city on May 22.

She had gone to the MEN arena with her stepfather Philip Tron, 32, tocollect her sister Nicole, 14, who survived the attack.

Philip, a plumber, was also killed in the suicide bombing leaving Courtney's mum Deborah Hutchinson devastated.

Under intermittent sunshine, Courtney's funeral took place at Saltwell Crematorium in Gateshead.

People arrived in droves to attend, with many wearing yellow as requested by her family.

Paying tribute to her daughter after her death mum Deborah said: "Mystunning amazing beautiful daughter.

"You were my rock, you made me so proud with all you had achieved and my gorgeous crazy Philip, you made my world a happy place and now you are both my angels flying high in the sky."

There was a police presence at the funeral in Saltwell, Gateshead Credit: ITV News

Courtney's dad added: "I am going to miss my baby girl Courtney Boyle forthe rest of my life. I will never forget you and I will love you forever."

She had been a former pupil of Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy in Birtley, near Chester-le-Street.

Her former headteacher, Mark Lovatt, said: "Courtney was a much-lovedstudent and friend of Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy.

"She was an ex-student of Talbot House and really was the epitome of aperfect student.

"Courtney kept in touch with teachers and staff, showing the kind, caringand loving person that she was.

"She really grasped life with both hands and she will be dearly missed andremembered by all who knew her."

Friends held a vigil and balloon release for Miss Boyle and Mr Tron at theAngel of the North.

After Courtney's funeral, her life will be celebrated at the Thomas WilsonClub in Chowdene Bank, Gateshead.