Thursday 8 December 2016

Mourners wearing bright colours bid farewell to tragic teenager Paige Doherty (15)

Published 20/04/2016 | 10:21

The coffin of 15-year-old Paige Doherty, is carried into St Margaret's Catholic Church in Clydebank, for a private receiving mass ahead of her funeral tomorrow. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
The coffin of 15-year-old Paige Doherty, is carried into St Margaret's Catholic Church in Clydebank, for a private receiving mass ahead of her funeral tomorrow. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Mourners walk behind a horse drawn hearse carrying the coffin of 15-year-old Paige Doherty, as it arrives at St Margaret's Catholic Church in Clydebank, for a private receiving mass ahead of her funeral tomorrow. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Flowers on top of a horse drawn hearse carrying the coffin of 15-year-old Paige Doherty, as it arrives at St Margaret's Catholic Church in Clydebank, for a private receiving mass ahead of her funeral tomorrow. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
15-year-old Paige Doherty. Photo: Police Scotland/PA Wire

Hundreds of mourners wearing bright colours have gathered for the funeral of tragic teenager Paige Doherty.

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The 15-year-old went missing in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, last month and a man has been charged with her murder.

There was standing-room only in St Margaret's Catholic Church in the town as about 600 friends and relatives crowded in for the service led by parish priest Canon Gerald Tartaglia.

More locals lined the street outside the church.

Paige's mother Pamela Munro asked mourners to wear bright colours and arrived in a bright red dress.

Family floral tributes laid outside St Margaret's spelled out sister, niece, daughter and Paige, and included an angel, rainbow, star and pouting lips.

Following the teenager's death, people including Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon showed the family support by posting pictures of themselves pouting with the hashtag PoutforPaige.

The order of service carried a message of thanks from the family and a pouting picture of Paige as well as an image of angel wings with the tribute "your wings were ready but our heart was not".

The teenager's white coffin was carried to church on Tuesday night in a white horse-drawn carriage pulled by grey horses wearing pink plumed headdresses.

Paige, who would have been 16 last Sunday, was reported missing after failing to turn up at her weekend hairdressing job on March 19.

Her body was recovered from bushes at the side of Great Western Road in Clydebank two days later.

John Leathem, 31, has appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court charged with murder.

Paige's mother wrote on the eve of the funeral: "Wish there was a way we could turn back time and make sure this never happened.

"Unfortunately the world's a cruel place but Paige will always be around us for sure."

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