HUNDREDS of people have turned out to say their goodbyes to a much-loved and very popular headteacher.
Alison Spittles (pictured) was head at Goldsmith Infant School and The Brambles Nursery School in Bramble Road, Southsea.
Last month she died aged just 47, after suffering from a rare type of liver cancer.
And yesterday, there was standing room only at her funeral service at The Oaks Crematorium in Havant and afterwards at a service of thanksgiving at Leigh Park Baptist Church.
Mrs Spittles attended the church regularly, and there were many poems, prayers, hymns and songs in her memory.
Her parents told tales of their daughter’s childhood.
Her mum Jan Brown said: ‘This is our daughter. I can see how much she was loved. The evidence is before us.’
Her father Tony Brown added: ‘Alison and (husband) Mark juggled parenthood and jobs but always found time for family life.
‘Now we have many precious memories of holidays and picnics.’
Jan added: ‘We loved her dearly. She’s been an amazing daughter for 47 years, enriching our lives beyond measure.
‘We are proud of our daughter, her achievements and at the same time we are incredibly humbled to realise that she has had an impact upon all of us here today in some way and for different reasons.
‘She loved life and she found enormous satisfaction in her job at Goldsmith.
‘We miss Alison more than we shall ever be able to say but we give thanks to God that we have had the privilege of being her parents.’
Meanwhile, her husband Mark Spittles, wrote a poem in tribute to Alison called Goldsmith Girl.
Mrs Spittles had worked at the school since 1991 where she started as a newly-qualified teacher and worked her way up to become headteacher, a position she held for 10 years.
As headteacher of both the school and the nursery, she oversaw around 70 members of staff.
Both the school and the nursery were closed yesterday to allow staff to attend the funeral.
As well as husband Mark, she also leaves behind her 16-year-old daughter Ellie.