Mourners attend funeral for 'murdered' mother-of-two Katie Kenyon

Balloons and a horse-drawn carriage for Katie Kenyon’s funeral: Mourners wear ‘murdered’ mother-of-two’s favourite colour purple as she is laid to rest in a white wicker coffin

  • More than 200 people gathered in mother-of-two Katie Kenyon’s home town of Padiham in Lancashire today 
  • The 33-year-old’s body was found within the Forest of Bowland on April 29, one week after she went missing
  • Her family asked those attending today’s service to wear her favourite colour of purple or anything colourful
  • A carriage, drawn by two white horses adorned with purple plumes, led the cortege to St Leonard’s Church
  • Mourners wore purple to celebrate the life of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon at her funeral service this morning.

    More than 200 people gathered in her home town of Padiham in Lancashire today to pay their respects to the 33-year-old whose body was found within the Forest of Bowland on April 29, one week after she went missing.

    Her family asked those attending proceedings at St Leonard’s Church to wear her favourite colour or anything colourful. A carriage, drawn by two white horses adorned with purple plumes, led the cortege to the church.

    On top of the carriage – which contained her white whicker coffin – were floral tributes to ‘Katie’ and ‘Mum’, and purple balloons were also attached outside the town centre church. A private burial service will follow.

    The case began a month ago after Miss Kenyon was last seen at around 9.30am on April 22, when it is thought she travelled in a silver Ford Transit van which left Burnley towards the Bolton-by-Bowland area of Lancashire.

    Police found a body on the evening of April 29 in an area of the Forest of Bowland after receiving new details about where Miss Kenyon could be. A post-mortem examination found that head injuries caused her death. 

    On April 29, Andrew Burfield appeared by videolink from HMP Preston for a brief court hearing charged with her murder. The 50-year-old from Burnley spoke only to confirm his identity during the seven-minute hearing at Preston Crown Court. Burfield was remanded in custody and a trial date was set for November 14.

    A horse drawn hearse arrives today for the funeral of Katie Kenyon at St Leonard's Church in Padiham, Lancashire

    A horse drawn hearse arrives today for the funeral of Katie Kenyon at St Leonard’s Church in Padiham, Lancashire

    A horse drawn funeral cortege arrives for the funeral of Katie Kenyon today whose body was found in the Forest of Gisburn

    A horse drawn funeral cortege arrives for the funeral of Katie Kenyon today whose body was found in the Forest of Gisburn

    The funeral of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon is held today at St Leonard's Church in Padiham, near Burnley in Lancashire

    The funeral of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon is held today at St Leonard’s Church in Padiham, near Burnley in Lancashire

    Katie Kenyon

    Katie Kenyon

    Katie Kenyon had last been seen alive getting into a silver Ford Transit van in Burnley, Lancashire, on Friday, April 22

    A floral tribute reading 'Mum' ahead of the funeral of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon at St Leonard's Church in Padiham today

    A floral tribute reading ‘Mum’ ahead of the funeral of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon at St Leonard’s Church in Padiham today

    Mourners arrive today for the funeral of Katie Kenyon, whose body was found in the Forest of Gisburn last month

    Mourners arrive today for the funeral of Katie Kenyon, whose body was found in the Forest of Gisburn last month

    A horse drawn hearse arrives today for the funeral of Katie Kenyon at St Leonard's Church in Padiham, Lancashire

    A horse drawn hearse arrives today for the funeral of Katie Kenyon at St Leonard’s Church in Padiham, Lancashire

    The coffin for Katie Kenyon is carried into St Leonard's Church in Padiham near Burnley in Lancashire this morning

    The coffin for Katie Kenyon is carried into St Leonard’s Church in Padiham near Burnley in Lancashire this morning

    Mourners arrive for the funeral at St Leonard's Church in Padiham today, with one holding a 'Kenyon' floral tribute

    Mourners arrive for the funeral at St Leonard’s Church in Padiham today, with one holding a ‘Kenyon’ floral tribute

    The coffin for Katie Kenyon is carried into St Leonard's Church in Padiham near Burnley in Lancashire this morning

    The coffin for Katie Kenyon is carried into St Leonard’s Church in Padiham near Burnley in Lancashire this morning

    The mother-of-two's body was found in the Forest of Gisburn, six days after she went missing. Her funeral took place today

    The mother-of-two’s body was found in the Forest of Gisburn, six days after she went missing. Her funeral took place today

    A horse drawn hearse arrives for the funeral of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon at St Leonard's Church in Padiham today

    A horse drawn hearse arrives for the funeral of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon at St Leonard’s Church in Padiham today

    A horse drawn hearse arrives today for the funeral of Katie Kenyon at St Leonard's Church in Padiham, Lancashire

    A horse drawn hearse arrives today for the funeral of Katie Kenyon at St Leonard’s Church in Padiham, Lancashire

    The coffin for Katie Kenyon is carried into St Leonard's Church in Padiham near Burnley in Lancashire today

    The coffin for Katie Kenyon is carried into St Leonard’s Church in Padiham near Burnley in Lancashire today

    The coffin for Katie Kenyon is carried into St Leonard's Church in Padiham near Burnley in Lancashire this morning

    The coffin for Katie Kenyon is carried into St Leonard’s Church in Padiham near Burnley in Lancashire this morning

    Mourners arrive with purple balloons for the funeral of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon at St Leonard's Church in Padiham today

    Mourners arrive with purple balloons for the funeral of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon at St Leonard’s Church in Padiham today

    Mourners arrive for the funeral of Katie Kenyon in Lancashire today. Her body was found six days after she went missing

    Mourners arrive for the funeral of Katie Kenyon in Lancashire today. Her body was found six days after she went missing

    Mourners arrive today for the funeral of Katie Kenyon, whose body was found in the Forest of Gisburn last month

    Mourners arrive today for the funeral of Katie Kenyon, whose body was found in the Forest of Gisburn last month

    The funeral of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon is held today at St Leonard's Church in Padiham, near Burnley in Lancashire

    The funeral of mother-of-two Katie Kenyon is held today at St Leonard’s Church in Padiham, near Burnley in Lancashire

    Her family asked those attending proceedings today to wear Miss Kenyon's favourite colour purple or anything colourful

    Her family asked those attending proceedings today to wear Miss Kenyon’s favourite colour purple or anything colourful

    Andrew Burfield, 50, of Burnley, was charged with Miss Kenyon's murder and is due to go on trial in November

    Andrew Burfield, 50, of Burnley, was charged with Miss Kenyon’s murder and is due to go on trial in November