HUNDREDS of people have attended a funeral to celebrate the lives of two sisters from Whiteparish who were killed during the holiday of a lifetime in North Africa.

The service at All Saints Church gave thanks for the lives of 23-year-old Tara and 21-year-old Pippa Darlington, who died when their car was involved in a car crash in Morocco on September 17.

Paying tribute at the start of the service to their “golden girls”, Patrick Darlington said: “Our darlings, who would ever have thought that you would not return from Africa, that we would be mourning your loss and looking back at the wonderful girls that you were, rather than looking forwards, at all the possibilities that were opening up for you.

“Mummy and I are so very sorry. We have all been cheated. It seems so unfair. We loved you so much.“Each of you were the brightest of stars - burnt out in your prime.

“We will mourn your loss for the rest of our lives, but today Mummy, Osci and I choose to celebrate that you lived, and focus on what perfect, beautiful girls you were.”During the service, tributes were also made by the girls' 15-year-old brother, Oscar, and three of the girls' friends.

Seven readings, which included, Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Death Is Nothing At All and A Child of Mine were given by friends and godparents, while music included The Beatles' All You Need is Love and Elgar's Salut d'Amour, performed on cello by friend Angus Reid.