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Tearful farewell for Ashley

PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

MOURNERS at the funeral of a 17-year-old, who died suddenly in Ipswich, left the church singing the Monty Python hit Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

MOURNERS at the funeral of a 17-year-old, who died suddenly in Ipswich, left the church singing the Monty Python hit Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

Dozens of friends joined relatives at St Mary's Church, Whitton, yesterday to pay their last respects to Ashley Horman, who died as a result of serious heart problems.

There were tears from family and friends and Carol Ring, 54, sobbed as she entered the church, supported by one of her sons Lindsay as she placed a framed photograph of Ashley on the coffin.

She and two of her sons Craig, 17, and Matthew, 24, were released from almost 24 hours in custody where they were quizzed about Ashley's death after he collapsed at their house in Shakespeare Road earlier this month.

They were only released when a post mortem examination revealed the teenager, who lived in nearby Defoe Road, died because of heart problems on December 1.

After the crowd of 100 people packed into the church, Ashley's brother Lindsay stood by the coffin draped with a Manchester United flag, and paid tribute to his younger brother who was an avid fan of the Old Trafford club.

He said: "This has all happened in the wrong way, but I am not going into that as everybody already knows about that.

"This is my brother's last day and he would be chuffed to see so many family and friends here today.

"He wasn't an angel, but he was my little angel. He was a right pain in the butt, but I miss that. He wanted things to happen, and most of them didn't happen.

"My cousin Michelle said at 3am last night as we sitting in my flat, that he was only 17 but he lived to be 117 in effect –he did everything he could have done and a lot more than anybody else did in 17 years.

"He would go out at night while we were all sleeping and wasting our lives."

A friend added: "We must remember the good in him. He was friends with young and old alike. He will never be forgotten."

The service was led by Rev Geoffrey Baulcomb.

Floral tributes were also left by the church door.

One said: "On this day we shed a tear for a friend we lost but loved so dear." From Christie, Jackie, Dean, Leigh and Keeley.

Another read: "To one of the best people I have met. Will miss you loads, forever." Danielle.

Two others had the simple messages: "You will always be a great friend and I miss you lots." Lee.

"I'll miss you loads." Lots of love Leah.


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