Megan's memorial '˜a real celebration'

'It was beautiful just like Megan.'

Wednesday, 7th March 2018, 3:38 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 3:57 am
Megan Spence died on January 7, aged 22, and a celebration was held last week

Friends and family of Megan Spence celebrated her life, cut short by leukaemia, at her old Barnham school.

Around 170 people attended a service at St Philip Howard before toasting ‘inspirational’ Megan at the Black Rabbit in Arundel, her favourite pub.

Megan, from Littlehampton, died on January 7 aged 22, in Belfast, and friends Josh Weston, Amanda Reeve, Bethany Mitchell and Victoria Smart decided to honour her life here with a special day on Wednesday last week.

The wreath of pink roses as part of the service for Megan Spence, who was originally from Belfast

Josh said: “It was beautiful just like Megan.

“It was very bittersweet, there were some funny moments I know Megan would have laughed at.

“There was a sense of relief that it all went well and I know Mark, Annemarie and Shane (Megan’s mum, dad and brother) really loved it.

“There was a great sense of sadness but it was a real celebration.”

Guests placed pink roses into a wreath, which was then carried during the service along with a balloon with Megan’s name on it.

A poem about Megan’s achievements, including graduating university, was read. Josh said: “Two of her teachers read parts of her blog so you really heard Megan’s voice come through.”

Afterwards a packed Black Rabbitt continued the commemorations.