Black will not feature at the funeral of much-loved Chester grandmother Margaret McKeegan, to comply with the wishes of the 82-year-old who passed away earlier this month.

Fundraiser Margaret McKeegan spent most of her life sending goodwill boxes to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan who held a special place in her heart ever since her grandson Private Luke Simpson was killed in Iraq in 2007.

Margaret, of Francis Street, Newtown , spent her own money on putting together the parcels to cheer up ‘her lads’ and it was because of this and her previous decades of fundraising for local specialist equipment in hospitals that Margaret was chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through Chester in 2012.

Margaret McKeegan carrying the Olympic torch in Chester in 2012

She was such a well known figure in the Chester community that many were left devastated at news of her death from cancer earlier this month, just two months after being diagnosed with the disease.

But true to her giving spirit, Margaret, who planned her funeral to the letter before she died, requested there to be no flowers at the service, which is to be held at 10.40am at Chester Crematorium in Blacon on Friday, June 24, asking instead for donations to be given to her chosen charities.

She also requested that nobody wear all black, instead to choose clothes they feel comfortable in. Children are asked not to attend the service, but all are welcome to join Margaret’s family at The Catholic Club afterwards for light refreshments.

Last week, Margaret’s daughter Stephanie paid tribute to her ‘inspirational and selfless’ mum, telling The Chronicle: “I am in total awe of her, she had a hard life but was the most hardworking woman you’d ever meet. She loved everybody and everybody loved her. We will miss her so much.”