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Hundreds gather at Gloucester Cathedral for Hollie Gazzard’s funeral

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

  • Hollie Gazzard


TEARFUL friends and family packed out Gloucester Cathedral to say goodbye to the brightest, most vivacious and most beautiful young woman, Hollie Gazzard.

Around 800 people wore vibrant clothes to mark the life of 20-year-old from Churchdown.

The popular for student of Chosen Hill was killed in the city last month while she worked at a salon in Southgate Street.

Her grandfather, David Jenkins, led the tributes in the poignant setting.

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He said: “Hollie was the brightest, most vivacious and most beautiful young woman you could imagine. Hollie was small, tiny, in stature, but great in her character.

“She lit up the lives of everyone and when she walked into a room she made everybody smile.

“Hollie was not afraid to speak her mind.

“Her real passion was for hairdressing, which she had a great flair for.

“She made sure that all of her clients were pleased with the results and it was exactly as they wanted.

"Then she would come home still looking very smart and very elegant and promptly dive on the floor to play with her little niece Ruby, much to Ruby's delight."

Mr Jenkins told the mourners, Hollie’s parents Mandy and Nick, wanted to say how proud they were of their wonderful daughter.

Speaking on behalf of them, they said: “Her loss has created a big hole in all our hearts which can never be filled, but we are all thankful for the 20 years we have had.”

The cathedral was a perfect setting to say goodbye to Hollie, as she was a Harry Potter fan and it was filmed in the cloisters.

Her granddad said her idea of a perfect night in was sitting with her Pomeranian dog, Kye, with a can of coke, chocolate and a pack of Monster Munch and watching her favourite character Ron, who she liked as he was also ginger.

He read a poem from Hollie’s elder sister, Chloe, where she said her “heart still aches in sadness and secret tears do flow”.

It said Hollie would “never be forgotten” and she would always fill a hollow place in her heart.

Hollie's white coffin had pink roses on and was showered with bright pink and white flowers.

Mr Jenkins told her friends and family that when they went home tonight to look up in the sky and the brightest star would be Hollie telling them she was ok.

Five of Hollie’s friends wrote poems and also paid tribute to the attractive, unique, bubbly, smiling, loving and beautiful treasure they were all proud and honoured to have known.

During the address, the Reverend Canon Neil Heavisides said: “It is a terrible, shocking loss. We still cannot really believe that it has happened even as we come here.

“Feelings of anger, bitterness and hatred could overwhelm us, but from the beginning of this tragedy Hollie’s parents have wanted to concentrate on the brightness of their daughter.”

He read a passage from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Music at the service included Just the Way You Are, Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter, Let me Go and Diamonds.

Hollie’s nine-year-old cousin, Olivia, wrote a poem read to the cathedral.

H is for happy, which you always were.

O is for outstanding, which you were to everyone.

L is for love, because you love leopard print.

L is for lovely, which you were to all of us.

I is for intelligent, because you were bright as a spark.

E is for everyone because everyone loves you.

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