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Jade Goody funeral date confirmed

Bouquets outside Jade Goody's home
Hundreds of bouquets have been laid outside Goody's Essex home

The funeral of reality TV star Jade Goody will take place on 4 April at a church near her home.

A funeral procession will leave her house in Upshire, Essex at 1200 BST, ahead of the service at St John the Baptist church, Buckhurst Hill, Essex.

Goody will then be buried at Epping Forest Burial Park in North Weald, according to newspaper reports.

Goody died at home at the age of 27 on Sunday after a high-profile battle with cervical cancer.

Hundreds of people have visited her home to pay their respects to the former dental nurse who made her name on Channel 4 reality show Big Brother.

Her mother, Jackiey Budden, said her daughter would have been "overwhelmed" by the public's reaction.

Cortege

Glamour model Katie "Jordan" Price has become the latest TV personality to pay tribute to the reality star.

"I think she has been really great," she said. "I just hope that her family stay strong and stay together."

Jade Goody
Goody made her name in the C4 reality show Big Brother
Price praised Goody for raising awareness about the risks of cervical cancer, saying she had "opened a lot of eyes".

"I always thought that, having babies, they would automatically test you, but they don't," she added.

According to reports, Goody's funeral will begin with her favourite hymn, All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Thousands are expected to line the funeral route, which will reportedly see a cortege of 21 cars drive through the Essex town of Loughton.

Television screens will be placed outside the church to relay the service to those outside.

Goody's publicist, Max Clifford, said the service would be a "celebration" of her life.

A message on the church's website said it would open a book of remembrance for members of the public to sign before and after the funeral.

The messages will later be passed on to Goody's family.



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