Sky is painted pink for emotional tribute to tragic Ava

Huge crowds lined the procession route for the funeral of little Ava Henderson

Huge crowds lined the procession route for the funeral of little Ava Henderson

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The skies were painted pink as a community turned out in force to pay an emotional final farewell to a tragic South Tyneside youngster today.

Hundreds of people lined the procession route before sending pink balloons up into the sky at the funeral service of four-year-old Ava Henderson, whose life was cruelly cut short in a road crash last month.

Pink balloons filled the sky in memory of little Ava.

Pink balloons filled the sky in memory of little Ava.

One of South Tyneside's busiest transport links was brought to a standstill as entrance to the John Reid Road roundabout was closed off while the funeral cortege made its sombre journey to South Shields Crematorium.

The convoy - guided by a horse-drawn carriage - passed in silence as balloons hung above the clouds.

A number of mourners led the procession on foot as the throngs of funeral-goers made their way to the service.

Scores of mourners came dressed with a flash of pink - be it a shirt, tie, dress or suit - to pay tribute to little Ava.

Mourners led a sombre preocession to the funeral service at South Shields crematorium

Mourners led a sombre preocession to the funeral service at South Shields crematorium

Ava, of Inverness Road, Jarrow, sadly died after being hit by a car in Jarrow on Friday, May 27.

She suffered serious injuries in the incident, which happened in Amos Ayre Place, shortly before 7.30pm.

She was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment.

But sadly could not be saved.

A horse-drawn carriage made its way to Ava Henderson's funeral service.

A horse-drawn carriage made its way to Ava Henderson's funeral service.

Family and friends crammed into the crematorium to pay a last goodbye to a little girl taken too soon.

In the days after her death flowers were left at Amos Ayre Place in memory of Ava.

Messages of sympathy were also left on the Gazette’s Facebook page.

Ann Watson posted: “Fly high sweet angel, deepest sympathy to Ava’s family xxx.”

William Fox wrote: “Absolutely heartbreaking rest in peace, little angel.”

Tricia Orr said: “So very, very sad. God bless little one. X”

A spokesman for Newcastle Coroner’s Office said an investigation has been launched into Ava’s death

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1083 27/05/16.