Funeral tribute for X Factor star Kerry McGregor
- 10 January 2012
- From the section Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland
Former X Factor finalist Kerry McGregor has been remembered for her talent and determination as more than 400 mourners gathered for her funeral.
The 37-year-old singer, from West Lothian, who was in the 2006 series of the show, died last week after losing her battle with bladder cancer.
She was laid to rest at the Kirk of Calder in Mid Calder.
Her mentor on the TV show sent a floral tribute which said: "Kerry, rest in peace, with love, Sharon Osbourne."
Scots singer Susan Boyle also sent a tribute which sat beside the coffin and read: "Kerry and her voice now have 'wings to fly'. Love Susan Boyle."
The pair were due to record Wings To Fly before Ms McGregor died and a recording of Boyle's performance was played during the service.
The church was full to capacity for the funeral, led by the Reverend John Povey.
Ms McGregor's friend and first boss, Tom O'Rourke, who employed her as an office junior in Livingston, paid tribute to her during the service.
He told mourners, including her mother, Margaret, and son, Joshua, that she was "determined and tremendously talented" and "would always have a place in our hearts".
The final song of the service was a recording of Smile that Ms McGregor made after meeting a group of young children during her charity work.
Mourners walked behind the hearse as it left the church for the adjacent cemetery.
Ms McGregor appeared on the third series of the ITV1 talent show in 2006 which was eventually won by Leona Lewis.
She was mentored by Osbourne and went out in the third week of the live finals.
Following the news of the singer's death, Osbourne posted on Twitter: "So sad about Kerry McGregor's passing. Much love and respect to her and her family."
Music producer Simon Cowell also paid tribute to Ms McGregor on the social networking site.
Ms McGregor, who lived with her partner and son in Pumpherston, used a wheelchair after breaking her back in an accident aged 13.
She was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 when she was 36 and died at home on Wednesday.
The singer, who also had acting roles in Grange Hill and Channel 4 series The Book Group, worked with several charities representing women, disabled people and children.
Last month she was named as an ambassador for Action on Bladder Cancer.