The lives of two ‘inseparable’ Doncaster teenagers who died following a horrific car crash have been celebrated at a moving funeral service, writes Sarah Marshall.
Tearful tributes were paid to 16-year-olds Megan Storey and Jordanna Goodwin during a joint service attended by hundreds of friends, relatives and loved ones.
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Mourners wearing bright colours and pyjamas lined the streets as they struggled to hold back the tears at yesterday’s service.
The friends, who both attended Danum Academy in Doncaster, died following a two-car collision on Sheffield Road, Conisbrough, on November 15, which also killed three of their friends.
Dashes of pink – Megan and Jordanna’s favourite colour – could be seen on the clothes of almost every mourner and on the feathers of the matching horse-drawn carriages which took the girls to the Salvation Army Centre.
The best friends made their final journey together in matching pink coffins adorned with a floral pattern of pink roses and carnations.
Fuschia flowers spelling ‘angel’ and ‘sister’, and ‘Jordy’ and ‘Megz’ could be seen in the carriages bearing the coffins of the popular Danum Academy pupils.
Gary Storey, Megan’s father, remained composed as he delivered a poignant tribute to his ‘angel’.
He said: “Megan, my baby. I will never forget the time you first sat on my lap. I never thought I would be here doing this.
“I will never forget the first time you told me you supported Sheffield Wednesday, and the first time we went to a match together.
“Arriving at Hillsborough you told me the hairs on the back of your neck stood up, and it made me so proud.
“I will share all of the memories like this. You will forever be in my thoughts until the day we meet again. Sleep tight – I love you.”
A final goodbye from Jordanna’s mother, Vicki McCarthy, was read by family friend Vicki Swiffen, who is head of year at Danum Academy.
She said: “Jordy has always made me so proud to be her mother.
“We’ve always had a loyal, close relationship.
“Her smile was captivating and lit up any room she went into, even though she only had one dimple.
“I have not only lost Jordy but I have lost my adopted daughter Megz, too.
“Jordy, you are loved by so many people and I am overwhelmed and so proud to call you my daughter.
“You are my best friend, my rock, my left arm, my daughter. “I promise I will make you proud. I will dream of you with every dream I have. Sleep tight. I love you so much.”
Seventeen of the girls’ schoolfriends read a touching poem entitled ‘Look for me in Rainbows’.
And some of Megan and Jordanna’s favourite songs including All of Me by John Legend and I’ll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy were played at the service.
Rebecca Staples, Danum Academy headteacher, said: “It was a really beautiful service.
“They were inseparable between classes, they were so close they were like Velcro, they were truly stuck together.
“It is only right they were laid to rest together.”
Megan and Jordanna, along with 16-year-old Blake Cairns and 18-year-olds Arpad Kore and Bartosz Bortniczak, died in the collision.
Bartosz’s funeral was held on Monday, the funeral of Arpad takes place tomorrow and Blake’s service is on Friday.
Four of the five were students at Danum Academy, while Bartosz was a former pupil.