Tom Parker's The Wanted bandmates fight back tears as they carry late star's coffin at his funeral
TOM Parker’s The Wanted bandmates were overcome with emotion as they attended his funeral today and carried his coffin into the service.
The singer died last month aged 33 after a brave battle with an inoperable brain tumour.
Today Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, and Nathan Sykes joined hundreds of mourners who lined the streets to say goodbye to the singer.
Liam Payne, from One Direction, was also spotted arriving at the service.
Tom’s widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, led a cortege featuring three black horses through Petts Wood in south-east London.
Flowers spelling out the word "Daddy" adorned the side of the carriage while a flowered sign that spelled the word "Tom" in red roses was attached to the front.
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Family and close friends of the star gathered in The Sovereign Of The Seas pub opposite the funeral parlour before the procession began.
Outside St Francis of Assisi church, flowers spelled out the words "Glad You Came", the title of The Wanted's 2011 hit that went to number one in multiple countries.
Speaking ahead of the funeral, Kelsey said: "Thomas Anthony Parker. There will be a private celebration of life on Wednesday 20th April.
"We know many of you would like to pay your respects as well, so would love for you to join us in Petts Wood from 10am.
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"It would be beautiful to have everyone line the route as we head to our private service.
"You are then welcome to join us outside the church for the duration where the service will be relayed on screens."
Kelsey broke the news last month that Tom had tragically passed away.
The mum of their two children Aurelia, two, and Bodhi, one, shared two moving photographs on Instagram as she announced the heartbreaking news.
She wrote: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side.
"Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence."
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Tom disclosed in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma and had begun radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Despite his diagnosis, in the weeks before his death he had performed on stage with his bandmates as part of their much-delayed reunion tour.
Kelsey also created a GoFundMe page following her husband's death to "keep Tom's memory alive forever".
The page exceeded its £5,000 target within the first 12 hours and so far has received more than £58,000 worth of donations.
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