Funerals of two of Derrick Bird's victims take place

image captionSusan Hughes and Kenneth Fishburn were killed in Egremont

Two more victims of Cumbrian gunman Derrick Bird have been laid to rest.

Susan Hughes, 57, was killed by the taxi driver as she walked home with her shopping during the shootings on 2 June in which 12 people died.

A service took place for the mother-of-two at St Mary's and Michael's Church in Egremont.

A private service has also taken place at Distington Crematorium for former soldier Kenneth Fishburn, 71, who was shot near his home in Egremont.

Bird also wounded 11 as he drove across a 45-mile area from Whitehaven to Boot, before killing himself.

Mourners at Mrs Hughes' funeral released red, turquoise and white balloons when her coffin arrived at the church.

Daughters Melinda and Sarah left a floral tribute of lilies, daisies and white roses in the hearse.

The card on it read: "To Mam 'simply the best' in our hearts forever, love Melinda and Sarah."

The Rev Barbara Jeapes read a family statement, which said: "There are no words to describe our utter grief and devastation at the sudden, cruel and unnecessary loss of Susan.

"We remember her as a dedicated mother to her two daughters but she was more than a mother to them - she was also their best friend."

Mr Fishburn was remembered by friends and family during a private service at Distington Crematorium.

The retired Sellafield security worker had also served 25 years with the Army in the Durham Light Infantry.

He was a member of the local Conservative Club, and his family said he enjoyed snooker.

Bird's youngest victim, Jamie Clark, 23, will be laid to rest on Friday at a funeral in Luton.

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