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Manchester attack: Hundreds attend Kelly Brewster's funeral

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Image caption A horse-drawn carriage carried Kelly Brewster's coffin to her funeral at City Road Cemetery in Sheffield

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Manchester terror attack victim Kelly Brewster.

Ms Brewster, 32, from Sheffield, was among 22 people killed in the suicide bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in May.

She had gone to the gig with her sister and niece, both of whom were injured in the explosion.

Her family paid tribute to a "bright and bubbly" music-loving daughter ahead of the service in Sheffield.

A horse-drawn carriage carried the coffin to City Road Cemetery.

Image caption Hundreds of people paid their respects to the "bright and bubbly" music-lover

Miss Brewster died shielding her sister Claire Booth and niece Hollie, 11. Both have now been discharged from hospital, the family confirmed.

"Kelly was the life and soul of any party and loved to have a good time. She was always bright, bubbly, and her infectious spirit will be missed by many," a family statement said.

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Image caption Kelly Brewster was a lover of boy bands, in particular One Direction, and had "a huge soft spot for Louis Tomlinson", her family said

Issued through the police, the statement said the family would "miss her laugh and smile with every passing day".

"Kelly was at a time in her life where she was truly at her happiest.

"She was so excited at moving into a brand new home with her partner Ian and [his daughter] Phoebe, but most of all she was looking forward to starting a family of her own.

"The hole left in our family following Kelly's tragic passing is immeasurable.

"Our hearts are all broken and we are truly devastated at our loss. Our world will never be the same again."

Ms Brewster loved music and also enjoyed travelling, having visited Australia and America, her family said.

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Image caption The quantum analyst had a passion for travel having visited America and Australia, her family said

The former City School pupil loved going to concerts since the age of seven, being a huge fan of boy bands including One Direction, said her family.

"Her love of music eventually led to her being in Manchester to watch Ariana Grande perform for a second time on 22 May 2017."

The family thanked paramedics and staff at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

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