Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'The World Has Been Robbed of a True Superstar.'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'The World Has Been Robbed of a True Superstar.'

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THERE can be few funerals where Mariah Carey, Jason Manford and Michelle McManus share a stage - and there are so many mourners it has to be beamed live to a big screen.

But the general consensus at Martyn Hett's funeral was that the colourful, flamboyant ceremony was exactly what the 29-year-old social media icon would have wanted.

From the two plumed, white horses, to the dress code of 'something fabulous', to the coffin decorated with images of cats, Coronation Street and the word 'iconic',' Martyn's funeral was glamorous, fun and a little bit excessive - just like him.

Martyn was among the 22 people killed in the bombing at Manchester Arena and in the weeks since his death it has become clear just how many people's lives he touched.

In his dad Paul's words, 'in the nicest possible way, Martyn loved being in the limelight and the centre of attention', and his family invited anyone who wanted to celebrate his life to attend the ceremony at Stockport town hall. There was a huge turnout, and the service was screened live in the plaza outside for those who couldn't fit in the venue.

Among the hundreds of people who turned out to pay their respects were Corrie stars, including Jennie McAlpine, Antony Cotton, Kym Marsh and Helen Worth, honouring the man who was perhaps their biggest fan.

Pop superstar Mariah Carey, comedian Jason Manford and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw all sent emotional video tributes which were played during the ceremony.

Jason said his 'heart was broken', adding: "The world has been robbed of a potential superstar - an actual superstar."

Scottish singer and Pop Idol star Michelle McManus attended the funeral in person to pay tribute to 'the force that is Martyn', speaking about how he had boosted her confidence in performing. She described how when she played a gig in London she looked down 'and there was his little face, beaming up, singing every word back at me'. And while there were tears, there was also a lot of laughter, as so many of those who paid tribute to Martyn told funny stories about him.

His colleague at Rumpus PR, Gareth Clements, described how Martyn took over the office playlist, and was even able to control it remotely when he was out and about 'causing havoc. …

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