VIDEO: Hundreds attend funeral of East Preston ‘angel’ Iona-May

‘SHE’S a little girl running free with the angels now’ – the touching words used to describe a seven-year-old from East Preston during her funeral earlier today (Monday, October 21).

Family arrive at the funeral of Iona-May Thorne, who suffered from quadriplegic cerebral palsy and died at the age of seven   L43456H13
Family arrive at the funeral of Iona-May Thorne, who suffered from quadriplegic cerebral palsy and died at the age of seven L43456H13

More than a hundred people turned out to mark the funeral of Iona-May Thorne, of Roundstone Drive, at the Worthing Crematorium, in Findon.

The family of the youngster asked well-wishers to wear colourful outfits instead of the traditional darker clothing as part of the ‘celebration’ of Iona-May’s life.

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Guests included firefighters from East Preston, as well as Worthing West MP Sir Peter Bottomley.

Family arrive at the funeral of Iona-May Thorne, who suffered from quadriplegic cerebral palsy and died at the age of seven L43456H13

During the ceremony an exclusive preview of Take That star and X Factor judge, Gary Barlow’s latest song, Let You Go, was played as a special tribute to the Palatine Primary School pupil.

For the full story, see this Thursday’s Littlehampton Gazette (October 24).