Tragic Fife teenager Natalie Mulholland laid to rest



By Alexander Lawrie

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered to pay their final respects to tragic teen Natalie Mulholland today (Mon).

Natalie, 16, of Springfield, Fife, was killed after being struck by a train at a level crossing on Saturday August 8.

Known to her family and friends as Natz, the pretty teenager was with a group of friends when the horror accident happened at Cults Mill.

Yesterday family, friends and school pals braved the torrential rain in the small Fife village to say their last goodbyes to the popular schoolgirl.

And in a touching tribute to the tragic teen, many of the young girls that attended the service had died the tips of their hair blue, mimicking Natalie’s hairstyle.

Church officials were forced to open the community hall next to the church to accommodate the huge amount of mourners and even then there were around 50 people left standing outside listening to the service.

Large wreaths

The moving ceremony was conducted by local minister The Reverend James Redpath who said Natalie “would be sadly missed by all who knew her”.

Bunches of flowers by the score were laid at the church entrance with family flowers including a large wreath baring the names Natz, lining the walk to the church doors.

Around 200 mourners packed the pews of the small church as the Reverend Redpath and family members gave emotional eulogies.

The two hymns chosen by the Mulholland family were ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ and ‘Amazing Grace’.

Following the 30 minute service, Natalie’s white coffin, which had a large picture of her laid on it during the service, was driven the short distance to the nearby Cupar cemetery where she was laid to rest in a private family ceremony.

Flowers lining the hearse poignantly spelled out the words Natz and Niece in white and pink flowers.

As the teen’s coffin left the church the heavens opened further soaking the hundreds of mourners who were now lining Springfield’s main street.

Emotional tribute

Devastated parents Karen and Andy Mulholland were comforted throughout the ceremony by Natalie’s two older sisters, Suzanne and Stephanie, and older brother Gavin.

After the service, close friend Gemma Wilson, 18, from Cupar, said: “I still can’t believe she has gone.

“She was such a lovely and bubbly girl. She was very popular.”

“The whole village has been affected by Natz death.”

On Saturday a special memorial service was also held in her village hall attended by friends, family and representatives from Bell Baxter High School, Elmwood College, the British Transport Police, Fife Council and Fife Police.