Funeral For Murdered Clydebank Schoolgirl

20 April 2016, 05:53

Mourners attending the funeral of schoolgirl Paige Doherty have been asked to turn out in bright colours to remember the teenager.

Paige, 15, went missing in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, last month and a man has been charged with her murder.

Friends and relatives will gather at St Margaret's Catholic Church in the town for a service led by parish priest Canon Gerald Tartaglia.

In a message on Facebook, her mother Pamela Munro has requested everyone wear a bright colour "whether it be a tie, jacket or dress''.

A white horse-drawn carriage took Paige's coffin to the church on Tuesday evening ahead of the service.

The horses wore pink feather headdresses and colourful floral tributes included pouting lips and a star.

Following the teenager's death, people including Scotland's First Minister showed the family support by posting pictures of themselves pouting with the hashtag PoutforPaige.

Paige, who would have been 16 last Sunday, was reported missing after failing to turn up at her weekend hairdressing job on March 19.

Her body was recovered from bushes at the side of Great Western Road in Clydebank two days later.

John Leathem, 31, has appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court charged with murder.

Paige's mother wrote on the eve of the funeral: "Wish there was a way we could turn back time and make sure this never happened.

"Unfortunately the world's a cruel place but Paige will always be around us for sure.''