Funeral held for tragic teen

Estelle Thompson
Estelle Thompson

The moving funeral took place this week of tragic Burnley teen Estelle Thompson who was killed in a car crash on her 17th birthday.

A packed St Matthew’s Church saw many mourners dressed in bright colours to say their final goodbyes to the “bright and bubbly girl” her heartbroken mum Elizabeth Marsh had earlier paid tribute to.

She described the pretty teenager who was interested in fashion as unique and a complete one-off.

A Facebook tribute page was set up following Estelle’s death to organise fund-raising activities to pay for the funeral.

A horse-drawn carriage took Estelle on her final journey to the church where Fr Mark Williams led the emotional service.

Estelle, of Lawrence Avenue, also left brother Ben, sisters Stacey and Sadie, and many friends.

She attended Cherry Fold Primary School and Unity College before moving to Accrington and Rossendale College.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned this week into the fatal accident, which took place in Manchester Road, Hapton, on July 20th.

The 18-year-old driver of the Ford Ka was arrested and released on police bail until October pending further inquiries.