“A CARING and loving” girl with “an infectious smile” were just some of the words used to describe 17-year-old Amber Tainton as she was laid to rest yesterday.

Amber, from Coed Eva, died suddenly at her home on September 4.

More than 400 mourners came together at St Gabriel’s Church in Old Cwmbran to remember the schoolgirl and celebrate her life yesterday.

The church was full to bursting, with many having to stand at the back to pay their respects.

Many of the gathering were Amber’s friends from Llantarnam Comprehensive School, who held on to each other for support during the service.

Her school closed early yesterday as a mark of respect and to allow classmates to attend the funeral.

A floral tribute of the teenager’s name lay on top of the white coffin which was carried by her father Chris and other pallbearers.

There was also a kiss goodbye from Amber’s brother Elliott and sister Courtney in the formof two floral tributes which lay alongside the coffin.

Eulogies were read by the teenager’s friends, who spoke of how Amber always saw the best in people, her selfless nature and her smile and laughter.

Friend Dominic Sulway said: “She genuinely was the loveliest of people – the best of people.”

He said Amber brought a smile to so many people’s faces and that her hugs would make his days so much better.

Best friend Chelsea Glyn added: “I will never forget Amber, she never let me down.”

The hymns Calon Lan and Bread of Heaven were sung and some of Amber’s favourite music was played inside the church and later at the graveside.

Rector Michael Philips said Amber was a pupil at Coed Eva Infants and Junior School before moving on to Llantarnam Comprehensive, where Welsh was her favourite subject.

He said she loved and excelled in sport, worked for a council play scheme during the summer and had hoped to join the police force after leaving school.

The Rector said the teenager was part of a close family and enjoyed going to the cinemaandCwmbranpark with her friends.

He said shewas beautiful in every way and lit up a room with her infectious smile.

Rector Philips said Amber lived her life to the full and would be missed by all who knew her.