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”.