Hundreds attend funeral of Manchester Arena victim Olivia Campbell-Hardy

Claudine Rigal
Juin 21, 2017

Olivia's friend Adam Lawler, aged 15, who went to the concert with her, attended the funeral.

A recording of the song will be played at the youngster's funeral later today at The Parish Church of St Anne, Tottington, Bury.

A St George's flag with a bee, the symbol of Manchester, was also laid on top of her blue coffin and floral tributes reading "Ollie" and "Princess" were displayed in the hearse as grievers were urged to treat the day as an opportunity to gather in "hope and love".

Olivia was described as a precious, gorgeous girl by her mother Charlotte Campbell.

Speaking ahead of the funeral, Ms Campbell said: "We are not calling it a funeral, we know we've got the official bit to do but afterwards we're calling it her party".

He said pupils from Olivia's school had written messages about her, which were displayed on the altar.

At the church in Chapel Street, Olivia's schoolmates lit candles and wrote their thoughts about her on pieces of paper.

Mr Hodgson said after her death: 'Heaven has got another angel and she'll be singing up there now with her grandad.

"A true friend with an fantastic smile and a great laugh". He called her "the bravest person" he had met.

Other memories left at the altar included her "amazing smile" and of course "her love of music" and singing voice.

She wanted to be a music teacher and her family asked for donations to be made to her school's music room. These were "the exact opposites of meaninglessness and hate". He was in a wheelchair but was determined to walk into the church and said he stood aided each time the vicar asked. "I feel we honoured her the best we could".

Scooters and trikes adorned with tributes to Olivia Campbell-Hardy.

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