Hundreds mourn cyberbullied Hannah
Hundreds of mourners turned out in brightly coloured clothing and onesies to pay their respects to a teenage girl who died after being a victim of cyberbullying.
More than 400 people gathered for a service to celebrate the life of Hannah Smith, 14, who was founded hanged in her bedroom at the family home in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, by her 16-year-old sister Jo two weeks ago.
Reverend Charlie Styles, who led the service for Hannah at St Mary's Church in the town, said the tone of the funeral was one of celebration.
Afterwards, the congregation released purple and white balloons into the grey skies outside the church after a countdown of "1-2-3 - Goodbye" from Mr Styles.
Speaking after the service, he said: "It was a really lovely service with lots of smiles.
"The atmosphere was really positive. There were obvious tears and it was quite heartbreaking really to hear, especially some of the younger people, some of Hannah's friends sobbing.
"But the overall tone of the service, and the tone really of today, was a feeling of celebration and laughter even amidst the tears."
The family had requested mourners wear colourful clothing and onesies.
Hannah's father David, dressed in a blue T-shirt and jeans, was among those who carried her purple coffin, with "I love you" on the side, out of a blue Audi Q7 and into the church as heavy rain poured down. Her sister Jo walked behind the coffin, consoled by her stepmother, Deborah Smith.
Inside the church, purple and white balloons lined the aisles and a poster reading "Be happy for Hannah" hung from a lectern with a picture of the teenager as Mr Styles led the 30-minute service.