IT was a sea of pink as mourners gathered to pay tribute to a woman described as “beautiful inside and out”.
There was standing room only at Church Road Methodist Church, St Annes, on Saturday, as hundreds of people came together to celebrate the life of tragic Beth Davies (pictured top right).
The 24-year-old died on January 13, almost two weeks after she fell from the roof of Blackpool Bus Station. She later contracted swine flu while in Blackpool Victioria Hospital.
The former Lytham St Annes High School pupil – a receptionist at Blackpool’s Holy Family Primary School – had battled anxiety for a number of years and her parents said she had chosen to die rather than go on for another year.
Her heartbroken father Tim led the moving tributes at the service.
He said: “This is not the speech about Beth I had ever imagined making.
“One day I thought I would be making the speech as the proud father of the bride and now I am providing her eulogy.
“I remain extremely proud of Beth, both her and her sister Chloe are my best and brightest achievements.
“Together they represent all the things I most love about human beings, compassion, kindness, selflessness and stoicism.
“I’m proud of the courage Beth showed going into work despite her feelings of anxiety and I’m proud of the way she helped others with mental health problems, despite struggling with her own.”
During the celebration of her life, mourners were asked to wear pink – Beth’s favourite colour.
Friends and relatives gathered in the packed church sporting everything from pink hairstyles and feather boas to fairy wings to honour Beth’s memory.
Mr Davies read out some of the hundreds of messages left on social networking site Facebook where Beth was described a kind-hearted, creative character who was “beautiful inside and out”.
Her sister Chloe read a poem she had written about her sister and her cousins sang Cyndi Lauper’s True Colours.
Mr Davies added: “I have so many happy memories of Beth.
“I remember watching her in the shows at primary school and when she learned to dance with Chloe.
“We want her with us so we can wrap her in our arms in the hope we can somehow magically absorb some of her anxiety. But she remains out of our grasp.
“She is no longer suffering and I know she wouldn’t have wanted us to suffer.
“She was our shining star and I take comfort from the fact in the difficult days to come, I can look up on a clear night to see her twinkling above us – never to fade away.”
Beth’s mother Lynne also paid tribute to her daughter who she said “was born smiling and continued to smile for the rest of her life, even when she was suffering.”