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Funeral for entertainer Faith
Faith's coffin
Over 100 guests took part in his funeral
The funeral of entertainer Adam Faith took place on Wednesday afternoon, with a host of celebrities paying their respects.

Faith, 62, a singer and actor since the 1960s, died two weeks ago of a heart attack just after appearing in a play in Stoke-on-Trent.

The chapel at Kent and Sussex Crematorium in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, saw more than 100 friends and family, including his wife Jackie and daughter Katya, gather for the entertainer's cremation.

Celebrities including actress Zoe Wanamaker, Michael Parkinson, Leo Sayer, and Roger Daltrey were present, as well as celebrity publicist Max Clifford and Leeds United manager Terry Venables.

After the ceremony Michael Parkinson said: "It was not jolly, that would be the wrong thing to say, but we had a few laughs. It was a service of remembrance.

Adam Faith
Faith died after appearing in a play in Stoke-on-Trent

"As much as anything else he was a singular man as sad as his death is when you think of him you cannot help smiling. He was one of my best friends. I loved him very much."

Daltrey said: "I will miss him. He was a one off. He was a good mate."

Terry Venables - who wrote the 1970s TV drama Hazell - told reporters: "I've known him so long. We go back many years. It's such a shock. I spoke to him a few days before and he was fine, his usual self.

"I felt he was wonderful, great company, always pleased to see anybody and a supportive friend."

A small group of Faith's fans also went to the funeral.

Carole Wood, 54, from Ashford in Kent, said: "I was a fan of his from the very beginning and followed his career. I went to see him when I was about 12. It's the end of an era."

Roger Daltrey
Who singer Roger Daltrey said he would miss Faith

Faith was renowned as one of the UK's most successful pop stars of the early 1960s.

Alongside Cliff Richard and Billy Fury he dominated the pre-Beatles pop scene in Britain.

In later years he won respect as an actor on stage and TV.

He starred in three series of the BBC show Love Hurts alongside Zoe Wanamaker in the early 1990s.

Faith had been touring with the production of Love and Marriage when he died.




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