Funeral Held For Deaf Mum Kirsty Aitchison
30 June 2016, 14:02
A deaf mother-of-four has been described as "one in a million'' as about 200 people gathered for her funeral.
Kirsty Aitchison, 30, was found dead in the River Clyde on June 18, a week after she went missing while on a night-out in Glasgow.
A service at Daldowie crematorium in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, was packed with friends and family, many wearing pink ties, scarves or clothing at the request of her family.
With the east chapel full, dozens of people stood outside the service where a sign language interpreter translated for many of Ms Aitchison's deaf friends.
When her mother Fay arrived at the service, she stopped to hug two police officers who had supported the family in recent weeks.
My Girl by The Temptations was played as the coffin was carried in to the chapel and civil celebrant Jim Allan said: "That unmistakable song was chosen by Fay in memory of her one-in-a-million girl who was taken too soon.''
Coldplay's Fix You was also played during the service and poems titled Being Deaf and We Never Got to Say Goodbye were read.
Mr Allan told those gathered that Ms Aitchison was a "shopaholic'' who loved to "glam up'' with hair extensions, tanning lotion and nail paint.
He also said the 30-year-old "adored her children''.
One poem dedicated to her four children read: "When my children remember their childhood, I want only for them to remember that their mother gave it her all ... she tried her hardest to teach them about kindness, love, compassion and honesty.''
A fundraising drive set up in the wake of the death to support Ms Aitchison's family has now reached more than #15,000 and those at the funeral were thanked for their support and generosity.
Ms Aitchison's body was recovered by firefighters close to an area police divers had swept during an earlier search.
She went missing after leaving an event for deaf people in Campus bar in Sauchiehall Street on Sunday June 12.
The death is not being treated as suspicious.