IT WAS standing room only as hundreds of mourners said their final farewell to a young nurse who died in a car crash.
Family and friends of Christie Gallon, pictured, packed into St Giles's Parish Church, in Cheadle, yesterday for the 29-year-old's funeral service.
Christie, of Ash Tree Hill, Cheadle, died on April 14 when her car crashed into a lorry in Uttoxeter Road, between Draycott and Blythe Bridge.
It is believed she was travelling home from work at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) when the accident happened.
The former Painsley Catholic High School student's coffin was draped in pink flowers before it was carried into the church to Eric Clapton's song, Tears in Heaven.
A statement from Christie's family and friends was read out during the service, which was led by Reverend James Rosie.
It said: "Christie's sudden passing has left a void in us all. But today is about the celebration of her wonderful life and a chance for us to share the memories we have of this amazing woman who we loved and lost.
"Christie truly had a passion for life. She was bubbly, flamboyant and open to all opportunities.
"She had a heart of gold and was loved by all who knew her.
"She was known by everyone around the town and she loved a good party. Christie loved people. One of her best friends described her as a social butterfly. She had a natural talent of bringing people together.
"Christie needed no airs and graces, what you saw was what you got and what you got was a lovely smile.
"She had principles, which she believed in and lived by, but she never judged people and loved them for who they are.
"Family were truly special to Christie. She was a daddy's girl and shared so much with her parents, Chris and Jan. Make no mistake, Christie played hard, but she also worked hard too. She was truly inspirational.
"She touched many lives and left each of us with many gifts of memories that we will cherish forever."
Hymns included Shine Jesus Shine and Be Still for the Presence of the Lord.
Reverend Rosie told the congregation: "Today is a day of sadness, grief and mourning, but in the midst of this we can have peace because we have faith that we can take comfort in our memories of Christie."
Christie's coffin was carried out of the church to Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy, before cremation at Carmountside Crematorium.
Mourners were then invited to The Huntsman, Cheadle, for refreshments.