14th July 2017
The funeral of DC Elaine McIver has taken place at Chester Cathedral this afternoon (Friday).
Her coffin arrived via horse and carriage and was met by a guard of honour formed by officers who have served with Elaine over the years.
Crowds who lined the streets greeted the cortege with a standing ovation.
Following a welcome from the Dean of Chester, the service included tributes from police colleagues as well as from Elaine’s sister Linda. Her partner Paul, who was injured in the attack, was also in attendance.
A wreath from the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Hopkins, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Eddy Newman (pictured) was laid.
The note attached reads: “We may not have known you, but you will forever be in our hearts and thoughts of all at Greater Manchester Police and the people of Manchester.”
Cheshire Police’s Chief Constable, Simon Byrne, was in attendance.
He says he was touched when members of the public broke out into applause as the horse and carriage carrying her rode through the streets of Chester: “Frankly I was quite moved by the fact that spontaneous applause started as soon as Elaine’s coffin arrived at the cathedral.”
“I think it was a lovely touch and probably mark of appreciation not just for Elaine, but for the wider police service at the moment given some of the awful events we’ve had to wrestle with in other parts of the country.”
DC McIver, who lived in Frodsham, served as a Cheshire Police officer in Ellesmere Port, worked at HQ in Winsford and more recently was a part of the North West’s organised crime unit TITAN.
She was one of 22 people who was killed when a bomb exploded at an Ariana Grande concert in May.
Following the funeral, DC McIver’s coffin was taken for a private cremation service.