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Mourners say farewell at funeral of Manchester terror attack victim DC Elaine McIver

Hundreds attend Chester Cathedral service to pay their respects to 'lovely, happy' Cheshire Constabulary officer

Police officers form a guard of honour outside Chester Cathedral for the funeral of Detective Constable Elaine McIver(Image: Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at Chester Cathedral this afternoon (Friday, July 14) for the funeral of off-duty police officer Elaine McIver murdered in the Manchester Arena terror attack.

Elaine, 43, who lived in Frodsham, was one of 22 people killed by suicide bomber Salman Abedi following an Ariana Grande concert in May.

Her coffin was brought to the cathedral in a horse drawn hearse flanked by two police horses. The cortège was met by uniformed pall bearers and a uniformed guard of honour.

As the pall bearers carried her coffin inside the service, the crowds who had gathered to pay their respects spontaneously burst into heartfelt applause.

Chief constable Simon Byrne, Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane, Chester and Ellesmere Port MPs Chris Matheson and Justin Madders were among the mourners at the event, as well as Lord Mayor of Chester Razia Daniels and leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council Samantha Dixon.

Several major roads were closed in the city centre to allow for the procession, which entered the church to the music of Land of Hope and Glory.

Dean of Chester Gordon McPhate gave the words of welcome to the congregation. There was also a reading of The Peace Poem by John Denver.

A private cremation followed the cathedral service.

Elaine, who grew up in Ellesmere Port, and her partner Paul Price had been waiting in the arena foyer to collect Paul’s 13-year-old daughter and her friend from the concert when she was killed by the blast.

Paul was also seriously injured in the attack on the evening of Monday, May 22.

Elaine with her best friend Jo in 2012(Image: UGC MEN)

In a statement issued at the time, Elaine's heart-broken family said Paul was the ‘love of her life’, and the couple had been excitedly planning their future, including buying a house together.

She was the daughter of Pat and Frank and the sister to Paul and Lynda. Elaine was also auntie to Sami and Nicky.

Her relatives were 'devastated' to hear of her partner Paul's injuries and are supporting him through this 'difficult time'.

The family statement for Elaine continued: “We all have so many wonderful memories and funny stories that we have been sharing since the tragic events. She would have wanted us all to continue to laugh, despite the tears in our eyes and pain in our hearts.”

“Elaine was not afraid to share her thoughts and strong opinions and would often be the one to verbalise what others were feeling and thinking but were too reticent to say.

"Those who know her will testify to this but know that this was part of her lovable character and was never offensive. The most indisputable fact about her though was that she cared and she loved. She had a huge heart, was thoughtful beyond belief and would do anything for anyone."

Detective inspector Karen Jaundrill also gave a tribute during the ceremony. There was a homily from Revered Tony Hunt and the prayers of commendation were led by Reverend Malcolm Cowan, both are police chaplains.

Frodsham friend and neighbour Raynor Clement said of Elaine: "She was a nice person, a lovely person and a happy person and people felt safe with her on our cut de sac because she was a policewoman."

And she recalled the fun the two of them had when they went along to a 1980s themed party at The Forest Hills Hotel about four years ago.

Detective Constable Elaine McIver was a serving Cheshire Constabulary officer who had been working for the North West regional organised crime unit (TITAN)during a career spanning 20 years.

She started as a special constable and became a regular officer in September 1998. She had worked in Ellesmere Port, Warrington and for the Economic Crime Unit at Winsford headquarters before moving to TITAN in 2013.

Elaine McIver after her passing out ceremony with Cheshire Constabulary in 1998(Image: UGC MEN)

At the time of the tragedy, chief constable Byrne said: "Friends who knew her well have described her as big-hearted, bubbly and a positive person."

Home secretary Amber Rudd said shortly after the incident that she was 'profoundly saddened' at the news of the officer's death.

She said: "Elaine was off-duty at the time of this brutal, cowardly attack, going about her normal daily life.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and to everyone who has been affected by this horrendous act."

Donations were taken at the funeral in aid of Cancer Research UK.

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