Tearful farewell to Peaches Geldof at her wedding church


Bob Geldof leads tributes to his daughter at the church where the funeral of her mother Paula Yates was held, and where she herself was married in 2012

Two years ago Peaches Geldof walked up the aisle of the village church close to her family home in Kent full of joy on her wedding day.

On Monday her coffin was carried up the same aisle.

The Geldof family, who have been touched repeatedly by tragedy down the years, were joined by a host of high-profile figures mourning the passing of the 25-year-old mother of two.

The private service was held at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in the village of Davington, Kent, where the funeral of Miss Geldof’s own mother, Paula Yates, had taken place in 2000, following her sudden death, aged 41, from a heroin overdose.

Just hours before she was found dead, Miss Geldof posted a photograph on a social networking site of her as a little girl with her mother.

She had spoken movingly of how she had struggled to come to terms with her loss as a little girl, but had recently described how the joy of becoming a mother to two boys had helped her overcome the pain. Miss Geldof had spoken of feeling the presence of her late mother as she walked down the aisle of St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church.

In an interview Hello! magazine at the time of her wedding to Tom Cohen in 2012, she said: “I feel her [Yates] presence all the time but especially today. Mum loved family celebrations and she would adore Tom and the fact that we’ve married here. I know she is watching over me and feeling so happy for us.”
Among those who attended Monday’s service were Sarah, Duchess of York, Mariella Frostrup, Kate Moss, Jools Holland and Bill Wyman. Bob Geldof is understood to have led tributes to his daughter whom he described after her death as being the “wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us”.

Among the other mourners were Nick Grimshaw, the radio presenter, Alexa Chung, the model and television presenter, Johnny Borrell, the Razorlight frontman, Eliza Doolittle, the singer, and Jaime Winstone, the actress.

The Rev Tracey Bateson, who led the service, said before the funeral: “I will be there for him [Bob] as much as possible, just as I would with any other parishioners.”

The hearse arrived outside the church shortly after 1pm. Ms Geldof’s coffin was painted sky blue, with clouds and flowers along the side and a picture of her family and much loved pets at the back.

Dozens of locals also gathered outside the church, many stopping to leave cards and bouquets outside the Geldof family home as they passed by.

The Duchess of York was driven off in a chauffeured green Bentley and waved to onlookers as she left.

Dozens of locals gathered outside the church, which is where the 25-year-old socialite married musician Tom Cohen, the father of her children, in 2012.

It is also where television presenter Paula Yates married Geldof in 1986.

Ms Yates’ funeral was held there after she died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000, aged 41.

There were bouquets and cards left outside the entrance to the estate’s driveway.

Ms Geldof’s ashes are expected to be scattered in the property’s garden where she played as a child, according to reports.

Written in chalk on the church’s wall, a message read “RIP Peaches”.

Ms Geldof had spoken of feeling the presence of her late mother as she walked down the aisle of St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church.

Neighbour and friend of the family Jacqi Hitchcock has lived in Priory Road for 56 years and has known Mr Geldof the entire time he has been living in Davington Priory.

Speaking of her memories of Ms Geldof, she said: “I remember Peaches as a lovely girl. As a child, she was happy, creative and so very beautiful.

“I haven’t seen her in Faversham since her wedding, but she was the most beautiful bride I have ever seen.

“When they were children and young teenagers, they would spend a lot of their holidays here and I know why they loved it so very much – when they were in Faversham – they weren’t celebrities, they were just children.

“They would go to Faversham pools, to Davington park, just like any other Faversham child.”

Officials are still awaiting the results of toxicology tests before deciding if an inquest into Ms Geldof’s death needs to be held in Gravesend.

Mystery still surrounds the sudden death of Ms Geldof on April 7.

Her body was found at the home she shared with her husband and their two young sons, Astala, 23 months, and 11-month-old Phaedra, in Wrotham, Kent, after officers were called “following a report of concern for the welfare of a woman”.

Kent Police said it was being treated as a “non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death”.

An inquest is not expected to be opened and adjourned by the coroner until after the results of toxicology tests are known.


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