MOURNERS silently filed into St Thomas's Church in Barrowford to say their last goodbyes to Jane Clough at an emotional memorial service.
Around 300 friends, family and colleagues of the 26-year-old nurse gathered at the Wheatley Lane Road church to pay their respects to the "kind and caring" mother-of-one whose life was tragically cut short.
Jane was stabbed to death outside Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where she worked as a nurse, on Sunday, July 25th.
Jane's coffin was adorned with a white lily arrangement and a message on behalf of her nine-month-old daughter, Imogen, read: "My fabulous mummy, our time together was cut short but you will live on in me forever."
Her parents, John and Penny Clough, stood side by side as they spoke of Jane – "the loving mum, sister, daughter and friend".
Mrs Clough vowed to take care of Imogen, saying: "Imogen has lost a loving mum but will always be loved and cared for," adding: "We are touched so many people have come here today."
Her father, fighting back tears, said: "This is the worst day of my life. I feel exceptional hurt. She touched the lives of everyone."
A picture of Miss Clough and her daughter, who lived in Camden Street, Barrowford, stood at the foot of the coffin, which was surrounded by candles.
As the congregation stood to sing "All Things Bright and Beautiful" mourners wiped away tears and clung on to each other for support. A friend and colleague from Blackpool Victoria Hospital, who addressed the congregation, said:"She was a fabulous friend and a beautiful daughter. Her family meant the world to her."
The family praised the support they had received from her friends, colleagues, St Thomas's Church and the police.
>> For more on the emotional service see this week's Nelson Leader