Shakara will be carried by her friends

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The funeral for a popular Blackpool woman will be held in Poulton on Tuesday.

Shakara Taylor, 31, died on May 29 in the Cayman Islands, where she had moved with her fiancé, David Ravenscroft, three years ago.

Her body has been returned to the UK.

A group of Miss Taylor’s female friends and family members will carry her white coffin in to St Chad’s, Poulton, for a service of thanksgiving at 1pm.

Afterwards, it will be placed in a carriage and pulled by white horses to Carleton Crematorium at 2.30pm.

Flowers are welcomed by the family, or donations to the Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary.

Miss Taylor, originally of Grange Park, died of head injuries after her body was found outside an eight-storey apartment block in the Seven Mile Beach area.

Police in the Cayman Islands said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

After her death, Miss Taylor’s friends paid tribute to the woman they described as the life and soul of the party.

Daniella Clarke, who has been Miss Taylor’s best friend for 25 years, said: “She was very popular. If Shakara was in a room, everybody knew about it.”

Friends spoke of Miss Taylors love of dancing in her younger years, and she was a member of the Blackpool Crusaders Morris Dancers.

Crusaders’ president Jill Currie said: “Whenever she was around there was never a dull moment.

“She was beautiful, talented, clever and mischievous.”