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Sunday 22 October 2017

Fans to pay respects to Bee Gee

Robin Gibb's death drew tributes from across the music world
Robin Gibb's death drew tributes from across the music world

Fans are expected to line the streets to pay their final respects to late Bee Gees star Robin Gibb as his body is taken in a horse-drawn carriage to his funeral.

The 62-year-old singer died from kidney failure last month after fighting cancer and pneumonia and suffering from a serious bowel condition.

A service is due to take place at St Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire, close to the property in which the Bee Gees singer had lived for many years.

His death drew tributes from across the music world but also from politicians including former prime minister Tony Blair, who was a close friend.

Gibb's body will be transported in a glass-sided carriage, with his coffin visible, drawn by four horses. His family said that it was his wish to "say a final goodbye to fans and his home town of Thame".

The carriage will leave from his home before heading along the town's high street and then making its way to the church.

Gibb had a hugely successful chart career starting in the early 1960s with his twin Maurice - who died in 2003 - and elder brother Barry with tracks such as Massachusetts and I've Gotta Get A Message To You. But it was their 1970s rebirth during the disco boom which many will remember him for, turning out hits such as Stayin' Alive and Night Fever.

Gibb and his brothers were also prolific writers for the likes of Dionne Warwick and Diana Ross.

Gibb's music will form an important part of the service. His son RJ has already said the Bee Gees' hit I Started A Joke will be played at the church.

The track Don't Cry Alone - one of Gibb's final compositions from his Titanic Requiem, premiered only weeks before his death - will also be played.

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