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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Hundreds turn up to mourn man found dead in Carlisle house

A grieving mum said goodbye to her precious son with a “cheeky smile” and kind heart.

Luke Hollingsworth funeral photo
Mourners line the route as the funeral cortege makes its way to Carlisle Cemetery

Hundreds of mourners donned bright colours as they celebrated the life of 23-year-old former ski instructor Luke Hollingsworth.

Dance music, rap and tracks by Ironic and Drake punctuated the simple but dignified service at Carlisle Crematorium. The popular young man was found dead on July 10 after armed police were called to a house in Etterby Lea Road in Stanwix, Carlisle.

His hearse was followed by a car carrying his mother Jill Hollingsworth.

Mrs Hollingsworth is a former manager of the Woodrow Wilson pub in Botchergate where Luke had also worked. She now lives in Scotland. Mr Hollingsworth also leaves behind dad Jeff, brother Mike and half sister Sabrina.

The service was conducted by June Hurst, an independent service celebrator.

Speaking on behalf of Mrs Hollingsworth, she told how the young man had been his mother’s best friend and her rock through some dark times. She said: “Luke still lives in your memories because of the influence he has had on you. Grief is the price we pay for love and friendship.”

The congregation then sang All Things Bright and Beautiful before Ms Hurst told of Mr Hollingsworth’s early years and how he had to be pulled away from his mum when he went to school, so close was their bond.

She said: “He was a popular young man who had lots of friends, especially girls. He had such a cheeky smile that no one could resist. He was also a very kind person and loved animals, often taking in strays such as a Rottweiler that Jill still has now.

“Luke was Jill’s rock and wherever she went he soon followed and ended up working in the pubs she ran in Barrow, Lancaster and Carlisle. She was so very proud of him and his time here was far too short.

“One thing that helps is the fact he will be reunited with Eddie, the granddad he loved so much. He will be missed so much by so many; he simply is irreplaceable Luke.”

The service ended to David Gray’s The Other Side as people kissed the coffin to say their last goodbyes as they left the service.

Donations were collected for CLIC Sargent and the Animal Refuge.

  • Jamie Lee Armstrong, of Warwick Road, has been charged with Mr Hollingsworth’s murder and has been remanded into custody.

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