Farewell to brave Lynsey

The funeral cortege of Lynsey Robinson
The funeral cortege of Lynsey Robinson

HUNDREDS of mourners packed into a small church to celebrate the life of an inspirational woman who died after a three-year battle with cervical cancer.

Lynsey Robinson’s coffin was carried to Owton Manor Baptist Church, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, on a carriage drawn by two beautiful black horses wearing blue and white plumage, a reference to her love of Hartlepool United Football Club.

And there waiting for her was her loving husband Tony Robinson, her family, friends and all of the people she touched throughout her life.

The small church was packed with well-wishers, and most had to stand outside to pay their last respects to the 29-year-old.

During the half-hour-long service, held at 11am yesterday, several religious and personal readings were read out and hymns Amazing Grace and Old Rugged Cross were sang.

And as the funeral came to an end and Lynsey’s coffin was carried out by members of the funeral party, with the Power of Love by Jennifer Rush, being played.

Tragic Lynsey’s body was followed out of the church by Tony, 59, and other members of the family before she was once again placed on to the horse-drawn hearse and taken to Stranton Cemetery, off Brierton Lane, where she was buried.

Last October, Lynsey and Tony spoke to the Hartlepool Mail about her valiant fight with cancer, having been told the devastating news she had cervical cancer at just 26.

She described how the pain was excruciating and she found it difficult to stand up. But despite her diminishing quality of life, she had accepted what was happening to her and focused on battling the overpowering pain from day to day.

Lynsey lost her fight for life at 12.10pm last Saturday at the home she shared with Tony, a former demolition worker, in Blake Street, off Hart Lane, in Hartlepool.

Devastated dad-of-five and grandad-of-three Tony, who Lynsey had described as her “rock”, previously said: “She was my soul-mate and my best mate. I’m lost without her.”