Paul OGradys celebrity friends all say the same thing following his funeral

Paul O'Grady's celebrity friends reminisced over the late star and sang his praises following his funeral on Thursday.

After the late comedian was laid to rest, a new post shared on his Instagram account read: "Yesterday was a very sad day. We said goodbye to our beloved Paul O'Grady. We thank everyone who despite the weather came to pay their respects at the procession, humans and furry friends. He would have been very humbled. The outpouring of love and kindness over the last 3 weeks has been truly amazing. @battersea @salvationarmyuk."

And the comments poured in underneath the emotional post from Paul's famous friends, who had nothing but kind words for him. "Beloved and adore," television personality Vanessa Feltz wrote alongside a red heart emoji.

Television presenter Kate Thornton wrote: "A true one in a million. Sleep well my friend x". At the same time, Amanda Holden simply added a red heart emoji to showcase her adoration for Paul. Singer Shirlie Kemp followed suit, adding prayer hand emojis and a black heart emoji.

Paul, who rose to fame as Lily Savage before going on to host a string of television programmes, died "unexpectedly but peacefully" at his home on March 28 at the age of 67.

Born in Birkenhead on the Wirral, Merseyside, he later adopted Kent as his home for more than 20 years.

His private funeral was held at St Rumwold's Church in the village of Bonnington in Kent on Thursday afternoon, conducted by the Reverend Canon Roger Martin before mourners went to a wake at Port Lympne Safari Park.

The service featured a series of personal tributes to the entertainer, including a bronze statue of his beloved late dog Buster that had been placed on a leopard-print throw.

A photograph of a smiling Paul was placed at the front of the Grade I listed parish church surrounded by arrangements of lilies in a nod to his drag alter ego, Lily Savage.

Following the service, Mr Martin told the PA news agency: "The mood was very jolly. There were some recordings of Paul, favourite clips, a good selection of varied music, it was lighthearted. It was a moving occasion."

He also added: "It was a very fitting send off."

Mr Martin, who had known Paul since 2011, also praised him as "community-minded" and a "very humble chap".

Attendees included Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, comedian Alan Carr, comedian Clary, actress Dame Sheila Hancock, and the late Dame Barbara Windsor's widower Scott Mitchell.


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