VW Campervan carries grandmother Pamela Jackson to funeral

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Family and friends of Pamela Jackson have paid their respects at her funeral.

The body of the Chester-le-Street grandmother was found buried on moorland in May after she had been missing for several weeks.

The family of Pamela Jackson arriving at her funeral at Mountsett Crematorium, Stanley.

The family of Pamela Jackson arriving at her funeral at Mountsett Crematorium, Stanley.

The service, held at Mountsett Crematorium, in Dipton, near Stanley, today, was attended by about 50 mourners.

Ms Jackson’s wicket coffin arrived onboard a white VW Campervan and was carried into the crematorium to the sound of Fleetwood Mac’s Everywhere.

Tributes were read out by granddaughter Stacey Armstrong, Ms Jackson’s sisters Janette, Marion and Deborah, and son Andrew, while her youngest son Joe sang a song he had written himself.

Pamela’s oldest nephew Paul Gilroy said after the service: “Pamela was a larger than life character that if you met her once you would not forget her.

“She always found the funny side of things and would often have you in a fit of laughter.

“Pamela will be a big, big miss to all the family and those that knew her.

“The family would like to praise the work of Durham and Yorkshire Constabulary and search teams and thank them for giving us this opportunity to be able to say goodbye to our dearest loved one.”

A collection was held to raise money for the West Yorkshire Search Team.

Pamela Jackson, 55, disappeared from her home in The Crescent, Chester-le-Street, on Saturday, March 2.

Her body was found in Ripponden, West Yorkshire, on May 25 in a shallow grave on moorland, around 60m from a road.

A post mortem examination found she died of head injuries.

Adrian Muir, 50, from Halifax, has been charged with her murder and is awaiting trial.