Farewell Princess

IT is the way Becky Bell will always be remembered – as a princess.

The adorable youngster had her life cut tragically short.

But yesterday, in an emotional funeral service, it was clear to see just how many people have been touched by Becky’s infectious attitude in the last seven years.

Her Disney-themed coffin arrived at St Aidan’s Church, in Hartlepool, in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage which was truly fit for a princess.

Printed on the side of the white coffin were the words, Princess Becky – brought into a packed church to the sound of Beauty and the Beast, her favourite Disney song.

And staring out at the hundreds of people who had the pleasure of knowing the inspiring youngster was her beaming smile, a photograph shown on a big screen of Becky as a princess bridesmaid just months ago.

A smile that will forever be remembered in the minds of thousands.

Becky always wanted to be a princess. And despite brain cancer tragically cutting her life short, the beautiful youngster got the opportunity to live her dream.

Only standing room was left in the church as hundreds, touched by Becky’s brave battle, paid their final respects.

Everyone wore a touch of pink in memory of beautiful Becky.

Tears rolled down the eyes of the family, friends, neighbours, nurses, teachers and residents as a photograph slideshow was shown to the church. In every single photo Becky was smiling.

In the background played one of her favourite songs, Never Say Never by Justin Bieber.

In a heartfelt tribute, Father Peter Atherton said: “Becky’s bravery, courage and happy, smiling, cheeky face will stay with thousands of people for ever, as will her attitude to life.

“Becky was a unique little girl, nobody has ever been like her before and nobody will be like her again.

“We can only imagine the pain and heartache Becky’s family are feeling right now but she will look over them and realise just how lucky she was to have such a loving and caring family.

“Becky has gone to the perfect place, no pain and no suffering.”

Becky’s devastated parents, Julie, 40, and Mark, 36, older brother, Mark, 11, and sister Vicki, 23, were joined by dozens of family members, whose lives will never be the same without the adorable youngster.

The nurses who have cared for Becky over the last seven months said a final farewell to the girl they grew so close too.

Natalie Marshall, Becky’s oncology nurse, read out the poem, Do not stand at my grave and weep.

The service started with the hymn, This Little Light of Mine. It finished with the hymn, Lord of the Dance, sang beautifully by Becky’s friends at Rift House Primary School and played out in the church on CD.

Becky’s auntie Sue read a moving poem in memory of the youngster.

It finished with the words: “Becky was so special, she filled our world with love and now she is the brightest star, our special angel up above.”