A teenager who spent her summers selling ice creams has been given a fitting tribute at her funeral in the form of a procession of vans.
Lydia Cole’s coffin was pulled behind an ice cream van to her funeral near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire. Racist landlord who banned ‘coloureds’ sues YouTuber for calling him racist.
At the 18-year-old’s funeral at All Angels Church in Walford, Herefordshire, her nieces aged five and seven, wrote a poem remembering her and her ice creams.
The poem reads: ‘Loved by all from near and far. Aunty Lydia always has and will always be our shining star. ‘You taught us so much like singing and dancing. We would spend hours in your room laughing and prancing.
‘Down to the park where you would always take us. It was always so much fun and never a fuss. ‘Ice creams from you were always the best. For me and Caitlyn they were a million times yummier than the rest.
‘And now it’s time to say goodbye, never ever forgotten as you fly up high into the sky.’ The traditional ice cream vans were provided as a touching tribute by Scott of M&M ice creams, Lydia’s former employer. She died in December following an operation to try and stop her seizures. Her nieces read out poems to remember her (Picture: SWNS)
Afterwards free cones were handed out as mourners gathered at Bishopswood Village Hall in the Forest of Dean. During the funeral the congregation heard that Lydia was an expert on serving up the perfect Mr Whippy, along with some cheeky banter. ‘Filthy girls’ fitness challenge ‘scammed women out of thousands of pounds’
‘She worked on the ice cream vans every summer for years,’ explained her sister Rachel Llewellyn, 27, afterwards. ‘She’d run out of school, jump in the van and work all over the area.’ Lydia leaves behind devastated parents Sandra and Simeon and siblings Hannah, Rachel and James. Lydia suffered seizures throughout her teens and died after an operation in July 2016 to ease her symptoms.