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Hundreds pack Thornton village church to say farewells to Jade
7:32pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
Hundreds of mourners packed a village church to say their final farewells to a teenage crash victim who had just beaten cancer.
Family and friends, many wearing pink, gathered at St James’s Parish Church in Thornton yesterday for the funeral of 19-year-old Jade Best, who was killed in a late-night crash.
Jade, of Denholme, was the youngest of the three occupants of a black Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution who died when it crashed into a hairdressing salon in Thornton.
The two others were driver Jonathan Adam Ruthven, 27, also of Denholme, and front seat passenger Daniel Hague, 32, a serving soldier, of Thornton, who was home on compassionate leave visiting his sick mother.
White and pink flowers spelling out Jade’s name accompanied her coffin. One message read: “You were more than just a best friend to us all. Despite your own problems you always wore a beautiful smile through it all.” The service was led by St James’s Vicar, the Rev Harry Qwinnett. Donations collected in her memory were in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.