Respects paid to ‘smiling’ Hannah

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HUNDREDS of mourners gathered this afternoon to pay their respects to a young midwife who died tragically in a car accident.

Family, friends and colleagues flocked to All Saint’s Church, in Stanton, to say goodbye to 23-year-old Hannah Seeley - described ‘as a happy, positive, ray of sunshine who was always smiling’.

The young midwife, of Sturgeons Way, Stanton, was killed in a collision on the A143 near Great Barton while driving home from work at West Suffolk Hospital.

She had been due to wed fiancé Mark Wade in September.

In a heartfelt tribute at the funeral, Mr Wade said: “You are my soulmate, best friend, my world and you always will be. I thought I would be writing this speech for our wedding - not this.

“I will always love you more than you ever know. You will still be part of my life forever and a day. You may be gone but I promise you you will never never be forgotten.”

Her dad Kevin said words paid in tribute to his daughter had been ‘repeated so often’ and included ‘happy, positive, ray of sunshine, pleasure, proud, vibrant and bubbly’.

He added: “The most used two words - always smiling.”

Mr Seeley closed his eulogy: “When you remember her, do like I do - smile.”

For a full report see next Friday’s Bury Free Press.