Farewell to Knaresborough’s princess

3/7/12 The tiny pink coffin  of Sadie Rose Clifford is carried into  St John's Parish Church Knaresborough for her funeral
3/7/12 The tiny pink coffin of Sadie Rose Clifford is carried into St John's Parish Church Knaresborough for her funeral

The funeral of Knaresborough two-year-old, Sadie Rose Clifford, who died last week after a lengthy battle with cancer, took place this morning.

Around 500 mourners packed St John’s Church for a moving service led by Rev Elizabeth Sewell while dozens more listened outside the church as loudspeakers relayed the service to those in the grounds.

3/7/12 Darren and Katie  Clifford the parents  of  Sadie Rose Clifford  at St John's Parish Church Knaresborough for her funeral .

3/7/12 Darren and Katie Clifford the parents of Sadie Rose Clifford at St John's Parish Church Knaresborough for her funeral .

Earlier, hundreds lined Knaresborough High Street as the cortege passed through the town.

The tiny white coffin adorned with pink flowers and with the words Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on it was carried by four pallbearers including Sadie Rose’s father, Darren Clifford.

Tears flowed as poignant tributes to the brave little girl and fond memories of her short, but inspiring life were read out by her parents, Katie and Darren, and other members of the family.

A collection was held for the two charities, the Neuroblastoma Alliance and Families Against Neuroblastoma, that had helped the family in their fundraising and which saw the local communities in Knaresborough and Harrogate raise over £500,000 towards medical treatment Sadie had in New York earlier this year.

3/7/12 Flowers for  Sadie Rose Clifford  at  St John's Parish Church Knaresborough where  her funeral was held.

3/7/12 Flowers for Sadie Rose Clifford at St John's Parish Church Knaresborough where her funeral was held.

Following the service, a private committal was held at Stonefall Crematorium and a family reception at the Dower House Hotel.

More in this week’s Harrogate Advertiser and Knaresborough Post.

3/7/12 Mourners leaving the funeral of  Sadie Rose Clifford coffin  at St John's parish Church in Knaresborough

3/7/12 Mourners leaving the funeral of Sadie Rose Clifford coffin at St John's parish Church in Knaresborough