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Saturday, 23 September, 2000, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK
Stars come out to mourn Yates
Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof (centre) was among the mourners
Dozens of stars from the entertainment world have attended a private funeral for TV presenter Paula Yates

Her former husband Bob Geldof, the couple's three children, and Yates' other daughter, Tiger Lily, were the chief mourners at the church of St Mary Magdalene in Faversham, Kent.

Yates was found dead by Tiger Lily, the four-year-old daughter she had by late INXS front man Michael Hutchence, on Sunday.

An inquest into her sudden death has been opened and adjourned while further tests are completed to establish her cause of death.

The huge media presence was held at the gates of the church to catch a glimpse of the 100 mourners, which included U2 singer Bono, Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics, singer Paul Young, Jools Holland, Rupert Everett, DJ Paul Gambaccini, former model Yasmin Le Bon and fashion designer Jasper Conran.

Bono
U2 singer Bono was also there
Yates' white coffin was adorned with pink tiger lilies and several other bouquets, many bearing personal messages, surrounded the coffin.

An undertaker wearing a black top hat and black gloves walked in front of the cortege as it drove slowly up Priory Row and along the drive to Geldof's house.

The service took place where her marriage to Geldof was blessed 14 years ago and where the couple's daughters Fifi Trixibelle, 17, Peaches, 10, and Pixie, seven, were baptised.

The Rev Alan Duke, the spokesman for the Diocese of Canterbury, stressed that Geldof wanted a private funeral service.

"The actual service is for them (Yates' family) and so it has been kept so private.

"He felt it should be private, special and that it was important the children got involved.

Annie Lennox
Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox was a friend of Paula Yates
"A list has been allowed in.There is a lot of media and spectator interest and quite understandably people have been able to watch the comings and goings and that is why there are a lot of people standing outside."

The Rev Ian Black, a family friend, led the service. Hymns at the service included Jerusalem and I Vow To Thee My Country.

A poem by Keats was read to the congregation and Bono sang 'Blue Skies' accompanied by Jools Holland on piano.

The cortege then left for Charing Crematorium nine miles away.

Funeral photographers
A large media presence camped outside the church

Geldof, wearing a white shirt and navy suit, travelled in the first car with Peaches and Pixie. Tiger Lily, now an orphan, travelled in the same car but did not appear to understand what was happening.

Paula's mother, Helene Thornton, who had not spoken to Yates for five years, met Tiger Lily for the first time.

Yates' friend and publicist, Belinda Brewin, comforted a distraught Fifi Trixibelle in the third car.

Dozens of villagers from Davington gathered outside the church, which was sealed off by police and security staff, to pay their last respects.

Yates cortege
The cortege left for a private cremation service

Lynda Morley, 31, said: "We saw her around the village a lot. She always seemed friendly and clearly enjoyed being here. It's very tragic."

Mr Black earlier spoke about Miss Yates's association with the church, saying: "She had a deep affection for Davington church.

"It is, after all, the parish church of the parish in which she lived, and in which the children still are. It is therefore appropriate that she should come here for her final journey."

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The BBC's Jon Brain in Faversham
"A dignified occasion attended by only close friends and family"
Alan Duke, spokesman for the Diocese of Canterbury
"People have been able to watch the comings and goings"
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