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Peaches Geldof's funeral will be held at same church in Davington, near Faversham, where mum Paula's was held

18 April 2014
by Joe Walker

Tragic Peaches Geldof's funeral will take place on Easter Monday in the same church which held the final farewell to her mum Paula Yates.

A private service for the 25-year-old socialite, who was found dead at her home in Wrotham on April 7, will be held at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Davington, near Faversham.

Tragic Peaches Geldof on her wedding day. Picture Brian Aris

Tragic Peaches Geldof on her wedding day. Picture: Brian Aris

The picturesque site - which sits next to the house of Peaches’ dad Bob Geldof - is where the funeral of Paula was held in 2000 following her death from a heroin overdose.

But it has also been the scene of family happiness, holding the weddings of both Peaches and her second husband Tom Cohen in 2012 and her parents 24 years earlier.

Bouquets were left outside the church following Peaches’ sudden death, which remains unexplained after a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive.

The funeral of Peaches Geldof's mother Paula Yates was held at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in 2000

The funeral of Peaches Geldof's mother Paula Yates was held at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in 2000

The mum-of-two's showbiz friends - among them Lily Allen, Nick Grimshaw and model Daisy Lowe - are expected to attend the funeral.

The Rev Tracey Bateson, who is expected to lead the service, said: "I have been in touch with Bob to offer my condolences.

"I will be there for him as much as possible, just as I would with any other parishioners."

Peaches, who grew up in Faversham, was reportedly found dead with her 11-month-old son Phaedra by her side.

Husband Tom is said to have tried to phone her before raising the alarm when she did not answer.

The police were alerted and Peaches was found dead at the Fairseat Lane property.

Villagers in her home of Davington were left stunned and saddened.

Police take pictures in the grounds of Peaches Geldof's home. Picture Kiran Kaur

Police take pictures in the grounds of Peaches Geldof's home. Picture: Kiran Kaur

Neighbour and friend of the family Jacqi Hitchcock has lived in Priory Road for 56 years and has known Bob the entire time he has been living in Davington Priory.

Speaking of her memories of Peaches, she said: "I remember Peaches as a lovely girl. As a child, she was happy, creative and so very beautiful.

"I haven't seen her in Faversham since her wedding, but she was the most beautiful bride I have ever seen.

"When they were children and young teenagers, they would spend a lot of their holidays here and I know why they loved it so very much – when they were in Faversham - they weren't celebrities, they were just children.

Sir Bob Geldof

Sir Bob Geldof

"They would go to Faversham pools, to Davington park, just like any other Faversham child."

Officials are still awaiting the results of toxicology tests before deciding if an inquest into Peaches’ death needs to be held in Gravesend.

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