Rosie Darbyshire's funeral
A highly emotional celebration of the 27-year-old's life started in Ribbleton today, as mourners said farewell to the much loved mum-of-one.
Floral tributes in Ribbleton The rain didn't stop more than 100 people turning up to Village Drive in Ribbleton Village Drive was the road in which Rosie grew up Mourners leaving floral tributes at Village Drive A procession gathered at the far end of the road, led by a pristine white hearse and two grand horses Mourners silently following behind the hearse Some locked arm in arm and hugging each other, to honour Rosie Rosie's family had previously requested people wear colour to celebrate the mum-of-one's colourful character Prior to the funeral, Rosie's sister Alice said: "We want the funeral as colourful as Rosie so we are requesting that all please wear something with colour." Mourners more than honoured the family's wishes, with reds, blues, purples, greens, and yellows on show from every person present. There were tears, hugs and smiles The hearse stopped at the end of Village Drive where it meets Pope Lane, for mourners to lay flowers Tributes included multi-coloured roses at the place where hundreds of floral tributes and candles have been laid since Rosie died Prior to today's funeral friends set up a JustGiving page in Rosie's memory in order to help support her bereaved little boy More than 30 cars then followed the funeral procession There was then a private ceremony at Preston Crematorium, where Rosie has this afternoon been laid to rest. The service to celebrate her life then continued at Preston's Masonic Hall Rosie had worked as a sous-chef at the Masonic Hall just a few years ago The community held a vigil for Rosie on February 12. Mourners watch the funeral procession Cuddly toys were also left among the flowers