Horsedrawn hearse takes Rebecca's pink casket to church

Hundreds of people attended the funeral on Tuesday of a Birstall woman killed in a horrific motorway smash.

The town’s St Peter's Parish Church was packed with mourners paying their respects to aspiring model Rebecca Caine.

Rebecca, 20, a Leeds Carnegie business student, died on September 16 in a headon collision on the M62 in Greater Manchester.

Her pink casket was brought to the church in a horsedrawn hearse. 

Many mourners wore pink accessories while others had single pink gerbera daisies.

Rebecca’s dad Tim said in a dedication read out by Fr Simon Lodge: “She could charm a pauper or a prince. 

“Nothing will ever fill the emptiness we now feel. 

“We have lost a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter, a cousin, a niece and a special friend to many.

“In many ways she was more a mate than a daughter. We always had a right good laugh. 

“And the world has lost a beautiful shining light.”

A eulogy was then read by Rebecca’s best friend, Sarah Milner, that included a poem the former Bruntcliffe High School pupil wrote.

It ended with two of Rebecca’s favourite phrases: “Always look forward, never look back” and “headphones on, world off”.

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