Sad farewell to tragic Rosie, 21

The funeral of Roseanna Cooper
The funeral of Roseanna Cooper
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HUNDREDS of mourners gathered to pay tribute to a woman who ‘will never be forgotten’.

A sea of beautiful flowers adorned the coffin of Roseanna Cooper as family and friends packed into Carleton Crematorium to celebrate her life yesterday.

There was standing room only, with dozens of people forced to watch from outside as the Reverend Peter Goulding led a moving tribute to the 21-year-old.

The former Bispham High School pupil was killed when the car she was travelling in with six others left the road in Anchorsholme and crashed into a wall in the early hours of June 7.

Speaking on behalf of Roseanna’s heartbroken mother Gina Bailey, Rev Goulding said: “The popularity with which Roseanna was held in life speaks volumes for the quality of person she was.

“Roseanna was someone full of life who had all of life to live. She was so affectionate, so loving and could be so comical at times falling over stuff which wasn’t there.

“She was someone who was a delight to have in the home.

“Her smiling face is something I will always remember, her affection, her love – as a child we expected it, but as she got older it didn’t diminish. Roseanna was my rock.”

Roseanna, of Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, Blackpool, was one of nine children and tragically lost her father in a motorcycle crash 10 years ago.

Her auntie, Lisa Corcoran said: “She was always close to my heart, she was my little star.

“I’ve got an apple tree in the garden and I’ve called it my Rosie apple tree.”

Before the funeral, her former teachers at Bispham High School joined Year Seven pupils and catering staff to pay tribute as the cortege made its way down Bispham Road.

Deputy headteacher John Topping said: “Roseanna was here for five years and we’ve known her family for many years.

“We wanted to line the street. The kids have been very touched by it. A lot of staff remember Roseanna and her family.”

Dozens of floral tributes were left by the graveside as Anastasia’s Left Outside Alone played and mourners paid their final tributes to Roseanna.

A striking floral red plane carried the message “rest in peace, love Uncle Dave” while another bouquet described Roseanna as a “raving princess” and read: “To our dosey Rosie raver, we will not let you be forgotten princess.”

Roseanna was studying travel and tourism at Blackpool and The Fylde College when she died and a tribute from staff and students there read: “A budding student, you will be missed.”