Hundreds mourn death of 'one in a million' East Lancs teen Estelle Thompson

Hundreds mourn death of 'one in a million' East Lancs teen Estelle Thompson

Estelle Thompson

Hundreds mourn death of 'one in a million' East Lancs teen Estelle Thompson

Hundreds mourn death of 'one in a million' East Lancs teen Estelle Thompson

Hundreds mourn death of 'one in a million' East Lancs teen Estelle Thompson

Hundreds mourn death of 'one in a million' East Lancs teen Estelle Thompson

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HUNDREDS of mourners said farewell to 'one in a million' teenager Estelle Thompson, who was tragically killed in a car crash.

Her pink coffin was carried to St Matthew's Church, Burnley, by a horse-drawn hearse, which was awash with pink feathers, yesterday.

Dozens of brightly-dressed family and friends lined St Matthew Street for the emotional service.

A touching eulogy, read on behalf of her brother, Ben Marsh, described Estelle as a beautiful, unique young woman.

The Burnley student died on her 17th birthday following the accident in Manchester Road, Hapton, last month.

Estelle, of Lawrence Avenue, Burnley, was a former student at Cherry Fold Primary School and Unity College, where Father Mark Williams, who conducted the service, said she made ‘many friends’.

Her brother, whose words were read out by Fr Williams, said: “Estelle was a beautiful, unique, young woman. She was one in a million.

“I am going to miss sitting at home, waiting for you to dance through the door, full of joy and happiness, and also our conversations and strange banter.

“You never failed to put a smile on my face, even when I was mad at you.”

He recalled his ‘favourite memory’ as camping trips, when he said the siblings used to sit around a fire until the early morning.

He concluded: “Estelle wasn’t just a sister to me, she was also my best friend. There is a deep hole in my life since you were taken away, and there will be always you in my heart.

“You will be missed by many. Rest in peace, I love you.”

As well as Ben, Estelle’s sisters, Sadie Marsh, 19, and Stacey Marsh, 21, were present at the funeral along with her mum, Elizabeth Marsh.

Many mourners were dressed in bright pink and floral outfits, at the request of Estelle's family.

Fr Williams said the Accrington and Rossendale College student had been described as ‘a complete one-off, unique in everything she did’.

He said: “Estelle was born in Blackburn but aged just eight months old she moved with her family to Burnley, the place she always knew as home.

“At Cherry Fold Primary School, she loved being with her friends, but was never afraid of speaking her own mind, even from an early age, if she thought that she was in the right.”

As a slideshow of images picturing Estelle and her friends played on the church’s big screen, Fr Williams continued: “Moving from Cherry Fold to Unity College, Estelle made many more friends, and was always ready with her phone to take photographs of everything that happened.

“She had over 2,000 of them on her phone, including many of what I am told are called ‘selfies’, which she shared with everyone, especially on Facebook where so many tributes have been given to her by so many people.

“Estelle too loved spending time with her young neice Ellie, who is only three years old. They adored each other, pulling faces and running round inside the house.

“She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, and treasured for always, the time that has been spent together.”

Music played at the service included some of Estelle's favourite songs - Stay With Me by Sam Smith and Budapest by George Ezra.

Her coffin was carried out of the church to the uplifting sound of Hideaway by Canadian dance artist Kiesza, before she was buried.

Estelle was a front-seat passenger in a Ford Ka travelling towards Padiham when it crashed just after the humpback canal bridge, near The Stables, Hapton, at 5.40am on July 20.

*An 18-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of causing Estelle’s death by dangerous driving, has been released on bail.

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6:39am Wed 6 Aug 14

HarryBosch says...

So young, it's heartbreaking, such a tragedy. My sincere condolences to Estelles family and friends.
Words are just not enough.
So young, it's heartbreaking, such a tragedy. My sincere condolences to Estelles family and friends. Words are just not enough. HarryBosch
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