THE funeral of a mother killed after being hit by a car in Bolton town centre was due to be held this morning. 

Louise Wolstenholme, aged 53, died after being knocked over on Bow Street on January 31.

Her funeral was at Trinity Methodist Church in Tonge Old Road, Bolton, followed by a crematorium at Overdale Crematorium.

Family and friends were also invited to celebrate her life at Dobbies Sports & Social Club in Bradley Fold Road, Bolton.

Donations will be given to Bolton Hospice via Relph’s Funeral Service.

The mother-of-two was the owner of Louise's Hair Studio, in Bury Road, where she also owned a house.

At the time of her death, former client and friend Christine Kay, aged 56, who ran neighbouring Newtrend Hair and Beauty, described Miss Wolstenholme as a "vivacious, bubbly friendly and very, open, honest girl."

She added: "She was a good friend. There was nothing bad about her, there was nothing to dislike."

Announcing her funeral details on facebook her brother Mark Wolstenholme posted: "Louise Wolstenholme was a loving mother of Gaz and Brad, future mother-in-law to Vikee.

"She was mummy to Dougie the dog, partner to Rem and sister to Mark. She was loved by all her family, was a loving godmother to Jack and Olivia and was a faithful and loyal friend to many.

"Louise had a big heart as big as her personality and will be devastatingly missed."

Tinashe Irvine Chikoto, aged 22, of Devonshire Road in Atherton, has been charged with six offences including; death by dangerous driving; failing to stop at the scene of a collision; failing to report a collision; causing death whilst unlicensed; driving a motor vehicle without insurance; driving whilst unfit through drugs; and perverting the course of justice.

He will appear in Bolton Crown Court tomorrow. 

Meanwhile, Ludovic Mabiala, aged 24, of Hypatia Street, Bolton, and Nqobile Arnold Mariwandi, 26, of Patterson Street, Bolton, have both been charged with assisting an offender.

They were due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on Saturday.

Their cases were sent to Bolton Crown Court where they will appear alongside Chikoto.