Saturday 24 February 2018

Life Peaches built in village was far from red carpet

Members of the public leaving flowers at the house of Peaches Geldof in Wrotham, England. Reuters
Members of the public leaving flowers at the house of Peaches Geldof in Wrotham, England. Reuters

Niamh Horan Kent

SHE took long strolls with her husband, laughed with staff in the local shop as they serenaded her with Boomtown Rats' songs and even invited the resident taxi driver's children around for a play date with her sons.

The life that Peaches Geldof had built for herself in the sleepy village of Wrotham in Kent was far from red carpet.

If she was spotted out and about, it was usually on her way to the health food store in Borough Green or to potter around her favourite antique shop with her two young boys.

She hadn't stepped foot in any of the pubs in the area – but would often be seen ferrying her children to a local play centre.

A feeling of shock and disbelief has seeped through the town since news broke that the 25-year-old mother had been found dead.

Her home – a five-bedroom, million-pound house on a country road – is surrounded by wild purple flora.

In the garden, children's toys lie abandoned, where in recent weeks she had posted photographers of herself and her boys playing.

Police spent yesterday carefully examining the property and sifting through bins behind a garden shed, while specially-trained sniffer dogs have been drafted in.

All adding to the intense speculation of what could have ended a young woman's life so tragically and abruptly.

Outside the gates, news channels have been dictating the story as paparazzi wait for any sign of friends or family coming to pay their respects.


Yesterday local shop owners expressed anger at media reports that suggested drug use may have been a factor.

Peaches' father Bob was said to be waiting anxiously for the post-mortem results, as he tries to help his family come to terms with the latest tragedy to hit his family.

Sources told the Irish Independent he was in San Francisco at a fundraising dinner when he got word his daughter had died.

Back in Wrotham, one floral tribute simply reads: "You live on in your gorgeous babies and in our hearts."

From the picture residents have painted of the tragic young mother, it's exactly as she would have wanted.

Irish Independent

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