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  • Village of Tarleton comes out in force to pay their respects to Manchester terror attack victim

    Henry James

    THE village of Tarleton came out in force on Thursday, June 15 for the funeral of Georgina Callander who was the first victim named in the Manchester terror attack.

    Georgina, 18, was a superfan of Ariana Grande and was killed after going to see the singer in concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22.

    She was one of the 22 victims of the terror attack which also included Saffie Rose Russos, an eight-year-old who was a pupil at Tarleton Community Primary. Saffie was the youngest to die.

    Georgina's life was remembered at the funeral at Holy Trinity Church in Tarleton which was attended by hundreds of people.

    Before the service, residents had lined the Tarleton streets as the Disney-themed horse-drawn hearse travelled along Blackgate Lane to the church. As a mark of respect shops were closed.

    Her mum Lesley, dad Simon and brothers Daniel and Harry walked behind the hearse. They had laid flowers in the village before the funeral.

    Those who attended the service were asked to wear “a touch of yellow” which was Georgina’s favourite colour.

    Georgina’s dad was among the people who carried her coffin into a packed church and at the same time Westlife’s Season in The Sun was played.

    Bishop John Goddard called on people to “put aside hatred and embrace love and hope.”

    The first person to pay tribute to Georgina was her brother Daniel, who spoke of the bond his sister had with her mother and said she was known as GC.

    Tributes were also paid from Bishop Rawsthorne Academy, Booths supermarket where she worked, and Runshaw College.

    The service ended with Ariana Grande’s One Last Time, which, following the attack, was re-released to provide funds for people affected.

    Georgina’s family also released 18 doves – one for every year of her life.

    Following the church ceremony, a private burial service was held.

    Her family has paid the following tribute to her: “Georgina was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside, with a smile that was never ending. She always had big hugs for everyone and her life was blooming like the flowers she loved.”

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