Funeral held for mum and daughter killed in the Lakes

The funeral of Kelly Webster and her daughter Lauren Thornton in Leyland last week
The funeral of Kelly Webster and her daughter Lauren Thornton in Leyland last week

Two hearses, side by side, brought a sudden quietness to Leyland last week.

Hundreds, including many children from St Anne’s Primary School, lined up in the sunshine outside St Mary’s Church in Broadfield Drive, for the funeral of mum and daughter Kelly Webster and Lauren Thornton.

Kelly’s peach-coloured coffin was carried in first, followed by 10-year-old Lauren’s smaller white coffin.

Floral tributes to Lauren included a white teddy bear, the name Lauren in pinks and purples, the word LOL, and a pink and orange striped lollipop – a reference to the name affectionately given to her by dad Neil Thornton.

He wrote: “Lauren, the most loving, caring, beautiful and happy girl in the whole world!

“L = laugh, O = out, L = loud, which we did plenty of in our short time together. Going to miss you loads, love Daddy.”

Kelly’s flowers, in peach and whites, spelt the words sister, Kelly and ‘cuz’, while primary school children sang My Shepherd and My Best Friend.

Other hymns included The Lord of Sea and Sky, I Kneel Before You and Shine Jesus Shine.

Kelly’s parents wrote: “Our beautiful, beautiful Kelly. You will be always in our hearts, for every second of every minute of every day. RIP Kel. From your heartbroken Mum and Dad.”

Lauren and Kelly, 36, of Church Road, died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on board a boat on Windermere on Easter Monday.

They were taken to hospital on April 1, along with Kelly’s fiancé Matthew Eteson, who was released the following day.

A date for the inquest into the deaths is yet to be set by Cumbria Coroner’s Court.

- For more on this story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian.