Cable given heavy metal funeral
Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable has been laid to rest to the sound of heavy metal music - with mourners including ex-bandmate Kelly Jones and comedian Rob Brydon.
Up to 5,000 fans brought Aberdare, south Wales, to a standstill as they turned out in force to pay homage to the local boy.
Family and friends packed into St Elvan's Church, in the centre of the valley town, for what was termed a "celebration" of Cable's life.
Among them were Stereophonics frontman Kelly, Gavin And Stacey star Rob - a childhood friend of Stuart, actor Rhys Ifans and veteran Welsh comic Max Boyce. Ear splitting music was played live inside the church by a favourite band of Cable's called High Voltage.
Stuart died two weeks ago at his home in the nearby village of Llwydcoed. The results of toxicology tests, which may give an insight into the cause of his death, are still awaited by the police.
As an acknowledged fan of the rock and roll lifestyle Stuart once predicted to friends that he would never live to see the age of 40.
When he died earlier this month after celebrating his landmark 40th birthday he was widely seen as having put his wild years behind him.
Tributes, praise and anecdotes poured forth today as his celebration service was relayed to the public via loud speakers. His coffin was then carried out to a waiting motorised hearse with glass sides to the sound of Back In Black by AC/DC, played by High Voltage.
Kelly Jones said of the service: "No one else could get a send-off like that.
"It's hard to walk out crying when they are playing Back In Black."