THe funeral of Whitby murder victim Julie Davison has taken place today (18 May).
The 50-year-old’s coffin was pulled through the centre of Whitby in a horse-drawn carriage before a ceremony took place at St Mary’s Church, East Cliff at 1pm.
Draped in the flag of St John’s Ambulance, where Julie was a keen volunteer, the coffin was saluted by members of that organisation as it was carried into the church, accompanied by a song entitled ‘Tell me it’s not true’.
Following behind the coffin were friends and family including her only son Christopher, who was comforted by Dawn and George Kibble, his aunt and uncle.
The location of Julie’s Church Square home, where her body was found on 25 April, could clearly be seen from the entrance to the church.
During the ceremony Julie’s brother, Colin Weatherill, read psalm 23 and conducted a reading wchich featured a variety of happy memories that the family shared.
He concluded: “What she was, was what you got.
“Eclectic, no compromises, no excuses and a free spirit.
“Most of all Julie had one thing, and that was a heart of gold.”
The service also included renditions of ‘All things bright and beautiful’ and ‘Memories’ from the musical Cats, sung by Miss E Anders and accompanied on piano by Sandra Stewart.
There were few references to the violent nature of Julie’s death, but the Revd Canon David Smith said: “We can never understand why this terrible violence has happened and the terrible consequences it caused.
“As we walk this road of sorrow and grief we can comfort each other and I hope we can see the light at the end of the darkness and that love can overcome the hate.”
Following the service Julie’s coffin was taken to Scarborough Woodlands Crematorium where, after a short service, she was committed while Ken Dodd’s ‘Happiness’ played.
Following the service a wake was held at Whitby Rifle Club.
Donations were given to St John’s Ambulance and Macmillan Cancer Support.