VIDEO: Doncaster community mourn Boxing Day crash victim Mandy Deere
A Doncaster community came to a standstill today as residents mourned the loss of a woman who died in a horror crash on Boxing Day.
Friends and family gathered inside St Peter’s Church, Askern, including her husband John who was seriously injured in the same collision.
Mourners who could not fit in to the church, including members of the local community, stood in the church yard and on the pavement.
Speakers were placed in the churchyard so the service could be heard outside.
As mourners walked in to the church, Westlife’s version of the song ‘Mandy’ played.
Mandy, who was born in Askern and had lived there her whole life, was described by the vicar as a loving and proud wife, mother, grandmother and aunt.
He said she was the ‘life and soul of the party’ who had enjoyed many precious times with her family, including holidays.
He added that the amount of people who had attended was in itself a great tribute to Mandy.
Flowers spelling the words ‘mum’, ‘grandma’, ‘auntie’ and ‘wife’ had been placed alongside the white coffin.
The hour-long service ended with Tina Turner’s ‘The Best’. It was followed by a committal at Rose Hill Crematorium.
The funeral of Andrew Tomlinson, 48, and Faye Tomlinson, 54, who also died in the collision, took place at the same church in January.