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Fans bid final farewell to Robin Gibb ahead of funeral

08 JUNE 2012

Hundreds of fans of late chart star Robin Gibb lined the streets to pay their final respects when his horse-drawn carriage travelled through the town he called home before his funeral.

A service took place on Friday at St Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire, close to the property in which the Bee Gees singer lived for many years.

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Robin died from kidney failure last month after fighting cancer and pneumonia and suffering from a serious bowel condition.

His death drew tributes from across the music world but also from politicians including former prime minister Tony Blair, who was a close friend.

Robin's glass-sided carriage was drawn by four black Friesian horses and topped with red roses.

Following the cortege was the music icon's two Irish wolfhounds, Ollie and Missy, with friends and family.

Those at the service included his elder brother Barry - the only surviving member of the Seventies group - Sir Tim Rice, Uri Geller and Peter Andre.

His family said that it had been Robin's wish to "say a final goodbye to fans and his home town of Thame, Oxon, this Friday prior to the funeral".

 

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The carriage left from Priests End in the town at around 1.30pm and travelled along the High Street to the town hall. It then returned through the High Street to St Mary's Church.

Robin's music formed a part of the service. His son RJ said that the Bee Gees hit I Started A Joke was be played at the church.

And the track Don't Cry Alone - one of his final compositions from his Titanic Requiem, premiered only weeks before his death - was also played.

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