Tributes to community champion

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Family, friends and colleagues of a Burnley community champion who dedicated her life to helping others said their final farewells at her funeral yesterday.

Crowds of fellow employees from the town’s Asda store clutched cream roses and released green balloons as a tribute to Mrs Michelle Holmes, who collapsed and died suddenly at the supermarket two weeks ago, as her funeral cortege stopped at the Princess Way store.

ASDA staff members line-up for the funeral cortege of their colleague Michelle Holmes.

ASDA staff members line-up for the funeral cortege of their colleague Michelle Holmes.

The touching scenes played out before the cortege continued to take Mrs Holmes (46) on her final journey to Burnley Crematorium where her funeral took place. Mrs Holmes, a mum-of-one, was Asda’s community champion, in charge of allocating thousands of pounds of money to groups and charities in the Burnley area.

She leaves her husband David, son Aiden and her parents.

ASDA staff members line-up for the funeral cortege of their colleague Michelle Holmes.

ASDA staff members line-up for the funeral cortege of their colleague Michelle Holmes.

ASDA staff members line-up for the funeral cortege of their colleague Michelle Holmes.

ASDA staff members line-up for the funeral cortege of their colleague Michelle Holmes.

The funeral cortege of Michelle Holmes pauses outside ASDA.

The funeral cortege of Michelle Holmes pauses outside ASDA.

The funeral cortege of Michelle Holmes pauses outside ASDA.

The funeral cortege of Michelle Holmes pauses outside ASDA.

ASDA staff members release balloons as the funeral cortege of their colleague Michelle Holmes pauses outside ASDA.

ASDA staff members release balloons as the funeral cortege of their colleague Michelle Holmes pauses outside ASDA.

ASDA staff members release balloons as the funeral cortege of their colleague Michelle Holmes pauses outside ASDA.

ASDA staff members release balloons as the funeral cortege of their colleague Michelle Holmes pauses outside ASDA.

ASDA staff members each with a white rose applaud as the funeral cortege of their colleague Michelle Holmes makes its final journey past ASDA.

ASDA staff members each with a white rose applaud as the funeral cortege of their colleague Michelle Holmes makes its final journey past ASDA.