VIDEO: People line the streets in their hundreds for Karaoke Karen’s funeral

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets of Wellingborough town centre to say goodbye to one of the town’s most loved characters.

‘Karaoke’ Karen Cooper was well known for dancing outside of the Swansgate Centre.

People are lining the street for the funeral of Karen 'Karaoke' Cooper NNL-160617-132008001

People are lining the street for the funeral of Karen 'Karaoke' Cooper NNL-160617-132008001

The 55-year-old died after fighting illness, but had gained cult status in Wellingborough among local people.

Ahead of her funeral this afternoon, well-wishers lined the streets as her funeral cortege did a final lap of the town before the service.

Hundreds clapped the coffin as it passed to the sound of Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’.

Speaking after her death, Karen’s brother Colin said: “Karen suffered brain damage aged around three and had various illnesses but she fought hard.

“She’s been dancing away for years. She was a celebrity and she loved it.

“People used to ask her to sing in the clubs and dance at their birthday parties.

“All she wanted to do was make people smile and she did that.”

Karen touched the lives of many and was often seen in the town with her boombox.

One of those who turned out to pay her respects was Jane Richardson.

She said: “I remember once I sat next to her and spoke to her and she was a lovely woman.

“She was always so happy and I was sad to hear about her death.

“It’s great that so many people have come out to pay their respects.”

Doreen Tanner also joined several others who lined the streets.

She said: “People used to take the mick and be nasty but she never said anything back.

“She livened this town up no end.”

Mr Cooper has asked people to donate to the Young Minds Trust, which helps raise awareness of mental illnesses.

A fundraising page has been set up and has already raised £1,000. To donate, click here.

Read more about Karen here