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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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