The funeral of a mother and daughter tragically shot dead in Spalding exactly four weeks ago has been held in Moulton today.
A loudspeaker relayed the service for Claire (50) and Charlotte (19) Hart started at All Saints Church, Moulton, at 10.30am.
The much-loved mum and sister of Ryan and Luke Hart were killed in a shooting tragedy in a car park outside Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex on Tuesday, July 19.
Husband and father Lance Hart (57) shot the two women before taking his own life as he turned the single-barrel weapon on himself.
The funeral service was led by the Vicar of Holbeach and Rector of East Elloe, the Rev Rosamund Seal, plus the Rev Barbara Hutchinson who watched as the coffin bearers were led into the church by Ryan and Luke Hart.
Those attending the service included John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, and Michele Anderson, headmistress of Spalding High School, and a number of Charlotte’s friends from the same school where she was a student.
The opening prayer by Mrs Seal spoke of “shock, grief and confusion of heart” before the congregation sang Amazing Grace.
Mrs Seal went on to say: “I suspect that none of us want to be here today but we are compelled to be here to acknowledge the shocking crime that took the Harts and to support Ryan and Luke.”
She then spoke of the shocking and tragic way in which “Claire and Charlotte Hart were taken from us forever”, adding: “We cannot comprehend the depths of thought or the emotional state of mind that led to such shocking events.
“The deaths of Claire and Charlotte are something that should never have happened. Today you weep because of the raw and gaping hole that ripped apart your lives. But one day you will laugh again,” added Mrs Seal.
Mum and Charlotte have left their impact on the world, but they were always at their happiest when making others happyRyan and Luke Hart, sons and brothers of Claire and Charlotte Hart
“Each of you will have to grieve a future that now will never be, so many unrealised dreams, and the whole community will have to be unstinting in its support of Ryan and Luke Hart.
“We cannot ever fully know what goes on in other people’s lives and those closest to Charlotte and Claire will have to find a way to live with the new reality of them having gone forever.”
A tribute from the two brothers was then read: “Mum and Charlotte lived through acts of compassion. Never have we met anyone who is as defined by love as Mum.
“Charlotte inspired us to be men through her, but they were always at their happiest when making others happy. Mum and Charlotte chose to be that beautiful and created a world that revolves around them.
“You gave us everything, even when nothing was guaranteed in return. We owe you everything to keep going. Mum and Charlotte have left their impact on the world.
“We hope to make you proud as you have made us proud. It was bliss to see them happy - Mum and Charlotte were home for us, wherever we were.”
The song ‘Home’ by Michael Buble was then played before a prayer was said by the Rev Julia Timings: “We remember all those affected by this tragedy.” It was a prayer for “all those who gave assistance, from those at the swimming pool, to those living nearby.”
The service then came to an end and the coffins were carried out of Moulton’s All Saints Church, where there was a moving embrace for both brothers outside the church and guests at the service left.
Moulton then fell silent to remember two of its very own, taken away from the village too soon as the congregation filed out to the sound of Sir Edward Elgar’s Nimrod Variations.