Mourners wear pink for farewell to cherished Jessica Saye

Scarborough has said its farewells to much-loved brave nine-year-old Jessica Saye, who died from a brain tumour last month.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 11:59 am

Mourners – some dressed in pink – lined the streets to pay their respects to the youngsters from Old Town.

A horse-drawn carriage carried her pink coffin to and from a funeral service at St Mary’s Church a week ago.

While attendance at the service was limited because of coronavirus restrictions, many took up Jessica’s family’s invitation to turn out as the funeral cortege made its way from the church to Woodlands Cemetery.

The service was held at St Mary's in Old Town.
The service was held at St Mary's in Old Town.

Jessica’s tumour was diagnosed in March two years ago following after she suffered a stroke and seizures.

She initially underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy but in January this year she and her family were given the devastating news that the tumour was advancing.

After being told Jessica’s tumour was no longer treatable, her family had tried to fulfill the cherished girl’s wishes before she died.

That included helping her to live like a princess for a day and saw her and her younger sister Daisy taking a horse and carriage ride.

Jessica's coffin was carried in a horse-drawn carriage.

Jessica, a pupil at Friarage Community Primary School, was described by her mother Kelly as “really clever, creative, kind and loving”.

The funeral procession makes its way to Woodlands Cemetary.