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Paul O’Grady Funeral – Celebrities, fans and dogs bid final farewell

The funeral of beloved entertainer Paul O’Grady took place in Aldington, Kent, today, with hundreds of fans and dogs lining the streets to pay their respects. Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, comedian Jo Brand, and presenter Gaby Roslin were among the famous faces who attended the service. Paul’s husband and his beloved pet dog accompanied him on his final journey.

The funeral was held at St Rumwold’s Church in Bannington, Kent, with local pupils and teachers paying tribute to the star. Comedian Julian Clary delivered the eulogy, and the reverend leading the service described it as a touching and lighthearted occasion.

As a huge animal lover, Paul would have been moved to see the many dogs and other animals lining the streets to say goodbye. Villagers organised a bake sale, with proceeds going to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

While a private service was held for family and friends, fans in Paul’s hometown of Adlington held their own tribute event. After the funeral, mourners gathered for a wake at Port Lympne Safari Park in Kent.

As Paul O’Grady’s funeral cortege traveled to St Rumwold’s Church in Bonnington, Kent, nods and tributes were visible from the adoring crowds. His beloved husband Andre Portasio was by his side, holding their Maltese dog, Conchita, as they rode in a horse-drawn hearse.

The funeral included a touching tribute to Paul’s late dog, Buster, who had appeared alongside him on his chat show. Fans were heartbroken in 2009 when Paul tearfully revealed on the show that he had been forced to put Buster to sleep. More than a decade later, Buster was reunited with Paul, and flowers arranged in his name and a depiction of the dog sat on Paul’s coffin paid tribute to their bond.

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