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Earlier this month it was confirmed that George Shelley’s younger sister Harriet had tragically passed away after being hit by a car and suffering serious head injuries.
The midwifery student died on May 6, just over a week after the accident in Bristol, aged 21.
Harriet was laid to rest yesterday [May 24] morning and it has been revealed that her big brother, who found fame on The X Factor with band Union J, moved mourners to tears with an emotional self-penned song about his sister.
It has been reported that during the ceremony George stood up to perform the track, saying: “Harriet, I wrote this for you.”
The song recalled childhood memories of his sister and poignantly concluded with the lyrics: “When white feathers fall from the sky, I’ll keep them close knowing you’re nearby.
“I’ll find strength in knowing I will see you soon. My guardian angel now is you.”
The moving service was held in a hillside church in Clevedon, North Somerset, and Harriet’s body was carried in a wicker coffin in an ornate white carriage, covered with flowers.
Mourners were encouraged to wear bright clothes and flowers in their hair as they celebrated Harriet’s life.
George and Harriet’s dad, Dominic, shared: “She loved each and every one of us so much. “It was pure, unconditional love. That is what we can take away and remember so deeply.”
A collection was taken at the service to be donated to the neo-natal intensive care unit where Harried trained to be a midwife.
George previously spoke out on Harriet’s death, posting a photo of himself and his sister on Instagram alongside the moving caption: “I will never accept that you’re gone.
“You will always be with me. My best friend, my sister, my angel. Too pure and too beautiful to walk among humans, you now exist somewhere else, and I am honoured to have had the privilege to spend 21 years with you by my side.
“Don’t get used to it up there without me, I’ll see you soon beautiful girl. I love you Harriet.”
George’s former Union J bandmates led the tributes on social media after news of Harriet’s death went public.