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Bob Geldof and Thomas Cohen paid tribute to Peaches on Monday at Davington church in Faversham

24 April 2014
by Bess Browning

Devastated Tom Cohen led the musical tributes during an emotional service on Easter Monday, singing Leonard Cohen’s Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye, with the poignant lyrics “You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me.”

Thomas and Peaches

Thomas and Peaches

Queen drummer Roger Taylor also sang at the private service at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Davington, next to the family home where Peaches grew up.

Among the famous guests were model Kate Moss, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, TV presenter Alexa Chung and Ronnie Wood’s former wife Jo.

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson arrives at Peaches funeral.

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson arrives at Peaches funeral.

Bob Geldof led the tributes to his daughter – whose coffin was adorned with a touching picture of her with Tom, their two sons Astala and Phaedra and the family pets.

A stunning picture of Peaches, below, taken on her wedding day in 2012 by celebrity photographer Brian Aris, was hung behind the altar during the service.

Peaches Geldof, pictured on her wedding day. Picture Brian Aris

Peaches Geldof, pictured on her wedding day. Picture: Brian Aris

Bob Geldof was the first to speak at his daughter’s funeral, expressing his love for Peaches and remembering the cherished time they spent together during her short life, and the overwhelming grief the family had suffered in the wake of her death.

Her sister Tiger, 17, read the W.B. Yeats poem That the Night Come, before Pixie, 23, spoke about Peaches as not just a sister, but a close friend.

Fifi, 31, then shared the Henry Scott-Holland prayer Death is Nothing At All.

Peaches' funeral was held at Davington Church

Peaches' funeral was held at Davington Church

Bob’s French wife Jeanne Marine read Arthur Rimbaud’s Fleurs in her native tongue before close friend Kirsty Williams read the William Wordsworth poem She Was A Phantom Of Delight.

Another friend, Lily Gutierrez, then shared her memories of Peaches before the congregation sang Abide With Me.

Peaches' coffin

Peaches' coffin

The ceremony was led by former Davington vicar Canon Michael Anderson, accompanied by the vicar of St Mary Magdalene, Tracey Bateson.

Mr Anderson had been a vicar at Davington during the 1980s when Bob and the late Paula Yates wed, and has a close connection to the Geldofs.

Johnny Borrell, lead singer of Razorlight, arrives at funeral of Peaches Geldof

Johnny Borrell, lead singer of Razorlight, arrives at funeral of Peaches Geldof

As the hundreds of mourners entered the church, Faversham musician and an old friend of Bob’s, Henry Dagg, had played his signature instrument, the musical saw, while former Squeeze musician Jools Holland played the piano.

And as the ceremony came to an end with Peaches’ husband, Tom, singing, guests were invited to Bob’s house at Davington Priory to celebrate Peaches’ life.

Peaches Geldof with her mother Paula Yates

Peaches Geldof with her mother Paula Yates

 

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