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Georgia Williams: Funeral In Wellington
Georgia Williams: Hundreds Gather To Pay Tribute
Ribbons were tied to lampposts across Wellington as the community show solidarity
Around 800 mourners turn out for the funeral of Shropshire teenager Georgia Williams
A service was held at All Saints' Church in Wellington, Telford with friends, family and teachers paying tribute to the 17 year old.
The school where she was head girl closed for the afternoon along with some businesses for the ceremony
Georgia was last seen by her parents as she left the family home on Sunday May 26, telling them she was going to see friends.
Her body was found by police searching woodland off the Nant-y-Garth pass near Wrexham a few days afterwards.
Jamie Reynolds, 22, of Avondale Road, Wellington, has been charged with her murder. He is in custody and will next appear at Stafford Crown Court on September 6.
At the service Rev Mark Ireland said: "We will go back to our individual lives, or will we choose to work with God and with this community to make this town of Wellington a better place, a safer place, a more caring place.
"If we respond then in years to come people will remember Georgia's tragic death as a turning point, a moment of hope, the moment when Wellington rediscovered its soul."
Her family had asked those attending the funeral to wear bright colours, to reflect Georgia's personality and the spirit of the service.
Georgia's father Stephen Williams, a Detective Constable in the local constabulary, helped bear the wicker coffin and recited a tribute written by her friends.
The last lines read: "Your memory is our keepsake, with which we will never part. God now has you in keeping Georgia, but we all have you in our hearts."
Her head teacher at Ercall Wood Technology College, Chay Davies, said Georgia's "willingness to help people shone through" and added that people should be inspired by Georgia to be judged "by the quality of the relationships we have with the people around us".
A two-seater aeroplane made by students at her college is to be named The Georgia, of which her teacher Mary Parry-Sargeant said: "Every time it flies a part of her will take to the skies."
Georgia was a keen cadet corporal with 1130 Squadron and an Air Cadets guard of honour was formed for the funeral cortege.
Earlier this month, friends and family announced the establishment of The Georgia Williams Trust, offering help and support to young people and organisations that were significant to Georgia and to create a lasting legacy in memory of the teenager.
Georgia Williams Memorial
Friends and family gather at a memorial for the Shropshire teenager at Telford Football Club
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