Crowds line streets in tribute to Bee Gee Robin Gibb
Hundreds turn out for funeral procession
HUNDREDS of people turned out to pay their respects as Robin Gibb’s coffin was carried through the streets of his ‘home’ town in a horse-drawn carriage.
The 62-year-old Bee Gees singer died from kidney failure last month after fighting cancer and pneumonia.
Onlookers watched as the white, glass-sided carriage – topped with red roses and pulled by four plumed, black Friesian horses – proceeded through his adopted town of Thame in Oxfordshire.
The cortege was followed by Robin Gibb’s two Irish wolfhounds, Ollie and Missy, together with friends and family.
In keeping with his long musical career, the horses wore decorative black cloths emblazoned with a gold treble clef and were accompanied by a piper.
They were travelling from Robin Gibb’s home, along the town’s High Street ahead of the funeral at St Mary’s Church. It had been Robin Gibb’s wish to “say a final goodbye to fans and his home town of Thame”, according to his family.
Guests followed the cortege on foot from the gatehouse of his estate, including his elder brother Barry Gibb – the sole surviving member of the chart-topping group.
Others in attendance included Sir Tim Rice, DJ Mike Read and Uri Geller.
The church is opposite the home which the musician had shared with wife Dwina for 19 years. He was to be buried in the churchyard.
During the service Dwina read a poem, followed by a performance of Don’t Cry Alone – one of Robin’s last compositions, from his Titanic Requiem.