Double funeral for tragic mum and daughter

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'The funeral of Kelly Webster and her daughter Lauren Thornton at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Leyland
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'The funeral of Kelly Webster and her daughter Lauren Thornton at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Leyland
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TWO hearses, side by side, brought a sudden quietness to Leyland on Thursday.

Hundreds of people, including many children from St Anne’s Primary School, lined up in the sunshine outside St Mary’s Church in Broadfield Lane, for the funeral of mum and daughter Kelly Webster and Lauren Thornton.

Kelly’s peach-coloured coloured coffin was carried in first, followed by 10-year-old Lauren’s smaller white coffin.

Lauren’s flowers included a white teddy bear shape, the name Lauren in pinks and purples, the word LOL, and a pink and orange striped lollipop - a reference to the name affectionately given to her by dad, Neil Thornton.

Neil wrote: “Lauren, the most loving, caring, beautiful and happy girl in the whole wide world!

“L = laugh, O = out, L = loud, which we did plenty of in our short time together.

“Going to miss you loads, love Dad.”

Kelly’s flowers, in peach and whites, spelt the words sister, Kelly and cuz.

A tribute written by nine cousins read: “Twinkle twinkle the brightest stars, Kelly and Lauren, that’s what you are.

“Everytime we look above, in our hearts you will find our love.”

The primary school children sang My Shepherd and My Best Friend. Other hymns included The Lord of Sea and Sky, I Kneel Before You and Shine Jesus Shine.

Lauren and Kelly, 36, of Church Road, Leyland, died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on board a boat in Windermere on Easter Monday.

A date for the inquest into the deaths is yet to be set by Cumbria Coroners’ Court.