Friends turn out for funeral of 18-year-old woman

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MOURNERS today paid tribute to the life of Claire Braithwaite.

Friends, family and former teachers attended the funeral of Claire, of Elmore Road, Lee-on-the-Solent.

Claire Braithwaite's coffin arriving in a horse drawn carriage at Holy Trinity Church in Gosport.''''Picture: Sarah Standing (131797-167)

Claire Braithwaite's coffin arriving in a horse drawn carriage at Holy Trinity Church in Gosport.''''Picture: Sarah Standing (131797-167)

Her boyfriend, Lewis Blair, poignantly chose a few simple words to express her importance to the dozens gathered at the service.

He said: ‘There’s not really much I can say about Claire.

‘Everybody knew who she was and how amazing she was.’

A wide circle of friends attended the funeral, at Holy Trinity Church, in Trinity Green, Gosport.

They filed into the church ahead of Claire’s arrival on a horse-drawn carriage.

It had taken her from the family home in Lee-on-the-Solent to the church, and then on to Portchester Crematorium.

As reported in The News last Monday, she died after being taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, on June 10.

She had suffered from peritonitis – an inflammation of the lining of the abdomen.