Friends tell of heartache at Vikki McKeown funeral

Vikki McKeown.

Vikki McKeown.

Friends of Shankill woman Vikki McKeown have told of their heartache after attending the funeral of former Pride of the Shankill Flute band member.

The tragic bride-to-be who died on May 31 had been diagnosed in recent weeks with a grade four brain tumour.

The 25-year-old’s sister Reah had started a fundraiser following Vikki’s diagnosis in a bid to fund an Alkaline Water Pump.

And prior to her death Reah had raised more than £3,500 for her sister in a bid to help her beat the disease.

On her fundraising page she said Vikki had been diagnosed “out of the blue” after experiencing a smell and taste of metal.

She was buried in Carnmoney Main Cemetery after a service at her home.

After the service, a spokeman for Pride of Shankill Flute Band said: “Such a great turnout today for our Vikki, great respect shown.

“Some band members attended in full uniform, with our wreaths.

“It’s not goodbye , just goodnight.

“Until we meet again”.

A friend of the west Belfast woman said: “Wat a send of for Vikki Mckeown!! You were truly loved!! A lovely girl inside & out ❤️❤️ let god be with yous all at this hard time Xo”.

Another friend wrote: “Today we say goodbye. You will always live on in my heart you where a special woman completely irreplaceable. It still hasn’t sank in my love as I stand today I will think of all the good time we shared together. The chain is broken and things will just never be the same. I love you so much Vikki Mckeown rip forever young xox”.