Photo gallery: ‘She brought sunshine into everyone’s lives’ - final farewell to tragic Great Yarmouth teen Shannon Goodson
17:26 21 March 2014
Archant Norfolk © 2014
Golden sunshine mixed with bright outfits as friends and family gathered this afternoon to say their final farewell to tragic teen Shannon Goodson.
The 14-year-old’s funeral carried a yellow theme - her favourite colour - as scores of mourners gathered to celebrate the life of the popular Great Yarmouth youngster, who died after being struck by a bus.
There was standing room only inside the chapel at Great Yarmouth Crematorium as her bright yellow coffin was carried inside, while a sea of flowers and tributes swamped the pavement outside.
Civil celebrant Hazel Cresswell led the service on behalf of the family and spoke of Shannon’s “wonderful smile”, amazing singing voice, kindness and love for her family and friends.
Mrs Cresswell said: “She had such talent with her art, singing and dancing and was a girl who was at her happiest putting on her make-up, wearing her high heels, spending time with her family and friends at the [holiday] camp and being in front of the camera.”
The congregation listened to music and poems as they reflected on their memories of the bubbly youngster, of Milton Road.
There were also readings from her family, including her twin sister Holly, and some of her closest friends who described her as “beautiful, funny” and “amazing”.
And amongst the tears there was also laughter as Mrs Cresswell talked of Shannon’s love of chips, the time she had a go at playing football and the “challenges” she would have with her siblings and friends.
Addressing the congregation she added: “Shannon was so very happy and has shared so many moments with you all, and through it all has been a beautiful young girl that has brought sunshine into everyone’s lives.”
Shannon died after being struck by a bus in Ormesby Road, Caister. A post-mortem examination revealed she died of skull fractures due to multiple injuries.
Her death on February 22 sparked an outpouring of grief from across the borough.