Hundreds pay tribute to Brittney
A SEA of white balloons carrying tributes and messages of love were sent heavenward yesterday as hundreds gathered to pay their respects to Hervey Bay teenager Brittney Rose Kelly.
Dressed in a mixture of Urangan High graduate shirts and Brittney's favourite colour, purple, friends and family turned out to Torquay Beach to honour the 17-year-old who lost her life following a car crash last week.
Since news spread of Brittney's death a Facebook page created in her honour has been flooded with tributes and the power pole into which she crashed on Boundary Road covered in flowers and photographs.
Yesterday, after buying roses which were on sale to raise money for Airflight, mourners wrote messages on balloons and made their way down to the sand.
A private funeral service had been held earlier in the day for close friends and family.
Urangan High teachers led the memorial service.
Close friends Blake Brown and Takkita Anderson took turns in reading from a heartfelt message which prompted laughter and tears.
Blake recalled the “trouble” Brittney and her friends had often got into during their high school years.
Fighting back tears, Takkita spoke of the strong bond formed between their group of friends who went through “everything” together.
Last to speak was best friend Elise Hanson who led the balloon releasing ceremony.
After the service Brittney's mother Robyn said she wanted to thank the friends, family and members of the community who had supported her family during their time of grief.
“Thank you all for everything you have done,” Robyn said.
“You have been beautiful.”
Brittney was just weeks away from her 18th birthday when she crashed her car on Monday, August 23. She was airlifted to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital and died three days later.