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One last time; HUNDREDS JOIN IN LAST GOODBYE TO MEGAN, 15.

Byline: CONNOR DUNN St Helens and Knowsley Reporter connor.dunn@trinitymirror.com @connordunn7

HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Halewood yesterday to pay their respects at the funeral of Megan Hurley.

More than 500 mourners said goodbye to the 15-year-old as her coffin moved past in a horse-drawn hearse up to St Nicholas's Church.

Megan was killed alongside 21 others after a terror attack at the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert on May 22.

Tributes spelling out the popular schoolgirl's name in orange and white flowers were laid out alongside a floral display after the cortege arrived.

The words "beauty" and "queen" also adorned either side of the hearse and were left in place as the coffin was brought in to the church.

Heartbreaking messages were read out from Megan's parents, Mike and Joanne, and her older brother Brad, who went in to church in a wheelchair after being seriously injured in the blast that killed his sister.

Brad, who had a message of support from Britney Spears after spending his 21st birthday in hospital after the attack, had his tribute read by Rev Richard Gedge. He said: "She was not only my sister but she was my best friend.

"Meg was always game to accompany me on my errands as long as there was a Maccies breakfast in it for her.

"Over the past months, upon her turning 15, we grew closer than ever, sharing secrets up until our final night together.

"The only thing we didn't agree on was how long cuddles should last. She would always tell me to 'get off' but holding on is one thing I will never regret."

Her mum and dad's message, read by Rev Jane Durham, reflected on Megan's love of animals, her rabbit Fudge and cat Jerry, and simply how much she enjoyed life.

The tribute added: "She was such a kindhearted, loving, caring and beautiful young lady."

The family concluded their tributes by saying "the best 15 years of our lives are now over".

Megan went to school at Halewood Academy, which allowed students and staff to take the day off to attend the funeral today in a mark of respect to their year 10 pupil.

Almost every mourner wore something orange, Megan's favourite colour. There were ribbons, handbags, ties, scarfs, lapel flowers and several houses across Halewood even displayed orange ribbons and teddy bears on their front gates.

The small ribbons pinned to the chest of almost every attendee had been made by pupils at schools across the area with each being sold for PS1 to raise money for a memorial garden to Megan planned for the school. As the coffin and procession left the church and the service came to a close, an instrumental version of Ariana Grande's One Last Time played out.

The poignant tune was the last song the star performed before the bomb went off.

A number of youngsters were left in tears as they walked out of the church and embraced each other for comfort.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 1, 2017
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