Georgia Williams funeral held in Wellington

After the funeral Cadets formed a guard of honour following the funeral in Wellington

The funeral of a Shropshire teenager whose body was found in woodland, days after she went missing from her home, has been held.

The body of Georgia Williams, 17, was discovered off the Nant-y-Garth pass near Wrexham on 31 May.

Hundreds of mourners, colourfully dressed, gathered for the service at All Saints Church, Wellington.

Jamie Reynolds, 22, of Avondale Road, Wellington, Shropshire, has appeared in court charged with her murder.

'Bubbly character'

The service was filled with readings, music and tributes from family, friends and former teachers.

These included Chay Davies, head teacher of Ercall Wood Technology College, Mary Parry-Sargeant, and Flt Lt Philippa Bartlett, Officer Commanding 1130 Air Cadet Squadron.

All Saints Church

The bells have been ringing out at All Saints Church, where hundreds of mourners gathered for a celebration of Georgia's life.

The trees and posts in the church yard were adorned with bright blue and orange ribbons and most people, young and old, who arrived for the service, were colourfully dressed.

The funeral cortège was given a police bike escort, with her friends from the air cadets lining the route.

Georgia's father Stephen serves with West Mercia Police and there were a number of officers from the force smartly turned out.

Guitars replaced the traditional sounds of the church organ as the first hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful filled the air.

The sun had finally broken through as the coffin was brought out and after the cortège left, many cadets, who had formed an immaculate guard of honour, showed signs of emotion and consoled each other.

Mr Davies thanked Georgia for what she gave to the community and said that her "passion and her genuine willingness to help others shone through".

Flt Lt Bartlett remembered Georgia, who spent four years with the air cadet squadron, as a "genuine and bubbly character".

Georgia's father, Stephen Williams, also read out a poem which was a tribute from her friends.

It ended with the line, "God now has you in his keeping Georgia, but we all have you in our hearts."

One of her friends, 17-year-old Dan Crossley from Telford, performed a song that he wrote while she was still missing.

Georgia's Song, which has had over 14,000 hits on YouTube, was received with a round of applause.

There was more applause when Georgia's coffin was brought outside after the service.

Reverend Mark Ireland, vicar of All Saints Church, said he prayed it would be "a source of hope and comfort" for those who attended.

He spoke to the "great crowd" that had turned out at the church and en-route.

Those gathered outside were able to listen to the service through speakers.

Mr Ireland said: "[It] brings a clear message to Stephen and Lynnette and Scarlett and the family - you are not alone.

Georgia Williams Georgia Williams went missing on Sunday 26 May

"You are not alone in bearing this loss. We cannot stand in your shoes, because we have not lost what you have lost, but we can stand next to you, and we will do so, not only today but in the months and years ahead."

Ahead of the funeral, Georgia's friend, Katy Lafferty, said: "She wouldn't want us to all be there wearing black and being depressed.

"She'd want us to be wearing happy colours and to be an event that portrays her well.

"Her favourite colour's orange, so it's a bright colour, so she'd want us to all be the same."

A trust fund has been established to "create a legacy and celebrate Georgia's life".

Her father, Stephen Williams, said the setting up of a trust was "very much what we as a family want to see happen".

Friends have already raised money for a memorial bench.

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