‘There’s love in abundance – we need to focus on that’: Manchester bomb hero is buried

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Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of a brave heroine who died in the Manchester Arena bomb blast .

Kelly Brewster, 32, died as she tried to protect her sister Claire Booth and Claire’s daughter Hollie, 11, after the bomb was detonated in the foyer claiming 22 lives.

Dozens of friends and relatives had to listen to the service on speakers outside the small church as the City Road Cemetery in Sheffield was so packed.

The coffin arrived at the cemetery in a white horse-drawn hearse.

Hundreds of people gathered for the funeral
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Kelly died protecting her sister and niece
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Down one side of the hearse, the flowers spelled out “Kelly” in red flowers, with “Auntie” on the other side in white.

After the service began with Ariana Grande ’s version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, the Rev Ben Oliver told the congregation they had gathered to celebrate the life of a “top lass”.

Mr Oliver said: “What a lass she was. Hers was a beautiful life – full of love, full of vitality, full of youth and, indeed, full of hope for the future.

“Hers was a beautiful life. We shouldn’t be here. The attack should never have happened.”

A poignant floral tribute to Kelly
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A personalised floral tribute for Kelly
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“But I want us to look around today as well and I want to say this. Here, we see love in abundance.

“That’s what we keep our eyes on today.

“You don’t need me to tell you this but there is a whole lot of love in this room and with you outside this room.”

He said: “There are more people in this broken old world like Kelly than those who have a different, very warped approach to life.”

Kelly has been laid to rest
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Kelly's horse drawn funeral procession
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Another Ariana Grande song – One Last Time – was also played during the service.

Earlier her family said “Kelly was the life and soul of any party and loved to have a good time. She was always bright, bubbly, and her infectious spirit will be missed by many.”

The statement was issued on behalf of her family including parents Kevin and Kim, partner Ian Winslow, sister Claire, brother Adam, nieces Demi and Hollie, Mr Winslow’s daughter and her “best friend” Pheobe, and her brother-in-law Dale.

They said Miss Brewster and Mr Winslow were excited about moving into a new home and wanted to have children.

One of the moving tributes left for Kelly
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Kelly's emotional funeral procession
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It said: “Kelly was at a time in her life where she was truly at her happiest. She was so excited at moving into a brand new home with her partner Ian and Phoebe, but most of all she was looking forward to starting a family of her own.

“The hole left in our family following Kelly’s tragic passing is immeasurable. Our hearts are all broken and we are truly devastated at our loss. Our world will never be the same again.”

Miss Brewster orked as a claims assessor at the Aviva insurance company.

Her sister Claire Booth and niece Hollie were seriously injured in the blast and spent weeks hospital but have now been discharged.

From The Mirror