On Sunday afternoon, friends of Michelle Conroy gathered outside the St Petrock’s Centre on the Cathedral Green to say their goodbyes. Michelle was the young homeless person who was killed by a falling tree during the storms last week.
About 50 people were present, most of them from Michelle’s ‘street family’. One friend sang a song and then prayers were led by Canon Anna Norman-Walker from the Cathedral. Everyone was then invited to write a few words in a book of remembrance. This will be in St Petrock’s this coming week and then sent to Michelle’s family in the Channel Islands.
The service was held in pouring rain and there was a feeling that this was somehow appropriate, given the weather on the day Michelle died.
Although the mood was tearful and sombre, it was also good to pay tribute to a caring and friendly person, who had made a difference to many people.
Information provided by an anonymous source.