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Police farewell to "sunshine girl"

Funeral of PC Jan Pattenden
Funeral of PC Jan Pattenden

Full police honours were given at the funeral of PC Janita Pattenden.

The popular beat officer died in the arms of her husband Danny at their home in Priestfields, Rochester, on January 31.

She had been fighting cancer.

Officers from Kent Police lined the streets as Jan’s canary yellow coffin was carried by her colleagues to Rochester Baptist Church, Crow Lane, Rochester, where her funeral was held on Friday .

In keeping with tradition the officers wore full uniform with white gloves.

The service was followed by an interment at Rochester Cemetery in Maidstone Road.

The 45-year-old, who was known as Jan to her friends, leaves behind two sons, Harry, 10, and Alfie, eight.

The two boys chose the colour of their mum’s coffin, as yellow was her favourite colour.

Sunflowers were also used, as Jan had requested herself.

Jan’s mother, Pauline, said: “We called her our sunshine girl because she was always happy and full of optimism.”

Just two months before her death 100 police officers and friends went to Jan’s home to see Ch Supt Steve Corbishley present her with a long service medal, which he pinned to her pyjamas.

Ch Supt Corbishley said: “Jan was an exemplary officer.”

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