TEARS flowed as heart-broken family and friends said goodbye to bubbly Hartlepool teenager Ellie-Mae Morgan at her funeral.
Touching tributes were paid at the service of celebration for her life at All Saints Church in Stranton, Hartlepool.
Ellie-Mae passed away, aged just 16, last Friday after a two-year battle against the genetic disorder Juvenile Huntington’s Disease.
Eulogies remembering her spirt, her smile and strength were read out by members of her family including sisters Aimee Humphries and Olivia Morgan, and brother Harry-Jon Morgan.
They talked about how her death had left a massive hole in their lives and remembered happy times together including trips to Disneyland and meeting boyband One Direction.
Her pink coffin was taken to church in a white horse-drawn carriage and mourners wore an item of pink clothing at the family’s request.
High Tunstall College of Science where Ellie-Mae was “one of the family” organised buses to the service so staff and friends could pay their respects.
A committal service was held at Stranton Grange Crematorium afterwards and the celebration of Ellie-Mae’s life continued at South Durham Social Club in Westbourne Road.