POPULAR Selsey resident Lorna Priddis was given a ‘fantastic’ send-off by her family and friends on Friday.
News of her death saw social media sites flooded with tributes from those who knew the remarkable woman.
Her popularity in Selsey and Chichester was plain as people lined the streets to say their final goodbye at her funeral.
Lorna died peacefully at the age of 94 on July 2 in Selsey.
She was a prolific fundraiser for many local charities, but she was most passionate about St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Selsey Medical Centre.
Raising so much money for local charities, and brightening people’s lives with her colourful personality, at her funeral it was clear to see how many lives she had touched.
Friends lined the streets of Selsey in a carnival-like procession through the town to St Peter’s Church, many dressed in flamboyant clothes which echoed Lorna’s own style.
Niece Sue Woodville said: “Lorna’s family would like to say a huge thank you to the people of Selsey for the amazing, heartfelt send-off they gave Lorna.
“We were so touched by the number of people who came out to line the streets to bid their fond farewells, including the fire brigade, who stayed on beyond their shift.
“We would also like to thank everyone who has supported Lorna over many years, and especially all those who helped her during her final years when she was less able.
“It was an amazing funeral, one of celebration, a perfect day and a fitting way to send her on her way – she would have loved it.
“My brother and I had the task of organising our aunt’s funeral and we were completely blown away by the kindness and support the people of Selsey gave us – we couldn’t have given her a send-off like that, without them.
“My auntie Lorna absolutely loved the people of Selsey, and I now know why. We send them our heart-felt thanks.”
There are many reasons so many people turned out to remember Lorna, who will leave a lasting legacy in Selsey.
She will be remembered for her colourful outfits, her busking in Chichester, the shows she put on with the Selsey Variety club, and her love for life.
Her family said: “Lorna had travelled all over the world teaching children, entertaining adults and generally doing good works. But nowhere was she more valued than in her home town of Selsey.”
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