Tuesday 18 December 2018

Paddy Doherty leads mourners at funeral of his teenage nephew

Many from the Traveller community attended the service.

Tomboy Doherty funeral
Tomboy Doherty funeral

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star Patrick “Paddy” Doherty led mourners at the funeral of his teenage nephew, who died following a car collision.

Doherty was joined by family and friends at Epsom Cemetery for the funeral of Tom “Tomboy” Doherty, with hundreds of others from the Traveller community also in attendance.

The aspiring boxer was 17 when he died after the car he was driving crashed in South Nutfield, Surrey on October 9, days after he passed his driving test.

Tomboy Doherty funeral

The pallbearers wore Manchester United T-shirts in a nod to Tom’s beloved football team, and he was carried in a white casket.

The funeral included a procession of horses and white Mercedes cars.

Doherty was seen wiping a tear from his face during the service.

Doherty, who rose to fame on Channel 4’s Big Fat Gyspy Weddings and also won Celebrity Big Brother in 2011, previously spoke of his “lovely, good-looking” and “charismatic” nephew.

Tomboy Doherty funeral

He told the Press Association he was expecting “a couple of thousand” people from the Traveller community to attend the service.

The 58-year-old added that he thought the service might match the scale of his father Simon’s recent funeral, which the TV star said was unexpectedly attended by thousands.

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