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Peaches Geldof funeral: Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson among mourners at Faversham service

21 April 2014
by KentOnline reporter

A host of celebrities gathered in Kent to say a final farewell to tragic Peaches Geldof.

The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw were among the mourners in Davington, near Faversham.

Bob Geldof led the tributes to his 25-year-old daughter - whose coffin was adorned with a touching picture of her with husband Tom Cohen, their two sons Astala and Phaedra as well as the family pets.

Peaches Geldof's coffin adorned with a picture of her family

Peaches Geldof's coffin adorned with a picture of her family

Well-wishers lined the street outside the private service at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church, which also held the final farewell to Peaches' mother Paula Yates.

People were also sending messages of support via social media, which you can read here, after Peaches' mystery death at her home in Wrotham on April 7.

Guests also included model and television star Jo Wood and journalist Mariella Frostrup.

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson arrives at the funeral of Peaches Geldof

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson arrives at the funeral of Peaches Geldof

Rolling Stone Bill Wyman arrives to pay his respects to Peaches Geldof

Rolling Stone Bill Wyman arrives to pay his respects to Peaches Geldof

Rev Tracey Bateson who conducted today's service

Rev Tracey Bateson who conducted today's service

The picturesque church - which sits next to the house of Peaches' father 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. 

Floral tributes left outside Bob Geldof's home Davington Priory after the tragic death of his daughter Peaches

Floral tributes left outside Bob Geldof's home Davington Priory after the tragic death of his daughter Peaches

Davington Church on the Davington Priory estate

Davington Church on the Davington Priory estate

Peaches Geldof, pictured on her wedding day, was found dead in Wrotham. Picture Brian Aris

Peaches Geldof, pictured on her wedding day, was found dead in Wrotham. Picture: Brian Aris

The Rev Tracey Bateson, who led the service, said: "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.

Socialite Peaches Geldof and husband Tom Cohen

Socialite Peaches Geldof and husband Tom Cohen

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

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

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." 

 

Video: Mourners gather for the funeral of Peaches Geldof

She added: "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.

"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.

Peaches Geldof's final farewell

The funeral of Peaches Geldof took place at Davington Church in Faversham on Easter Monday

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Peaches Geldof, pictured on her wedding day, was found dead in Wrotham. Picture: Brian Aris Peaches Geldof, pictured on her wedding day, was found dead in Wrotham. Picture: Brian Aris Socialite Peaches Geldof and husband Tom Cohen Peaches Geldof in October last year. Picture: David Hedges/SWNS.com Peaches Geldof pictured backstage behind the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 2007. Picture: Oli Scarff/SWNS.com Peaches Geldof (left) with sister Pixie at Glastonbury Festival in 2009. Picture: Jonathan Brady/SWNS.com Peaches posted this picture of her with mother Paula Yates on Instagram hours before she died Peaches (left) and Fifi Geldof as children in a picture posted on Instagram Peaches Geldof's coffin adorned with a picture of her family Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson arrives at the funeral of Peaches Geldof Rolling Stone Bill Wyman arrives to pay his respects to Peaches Geldof Rev Tracey Bateson who conducted today's service

 

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