Celebrities attend Paul O’Grady’s funeral as dogs line the streets | UK News

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Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and comedians Alan Carr and Jo Brand were among those who attended the funeral of Paul O’Grady in Kent earlier.

The TV star, LGBTQ campaigner and animal lover died on 28 March and a private funeral was held for him after a procession through the village of Aldington.

Hundreds of mourners, many with their dogs, gathered to watch the procession. O’Grady’s husband Andre Portasio was emotional as he rode on a carriage drawn by two black horses with one of the couple’s dogs on his lap.

Actress Linda Henry, who plays Shirley Carter in EastEnders, LGBTQ rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and TV presenter Gaby Roslin were also among those in attendance at the funeral.

Comedian Julian Clary, actress Dame Sheila Hancock, the late Dame Barbara Windsor’s widower Scott Mitchell and EastEnders actor Scott Maslen were also seen at the church.

Floral tributes to Paul O'Grady, in the shape of his beloved dog Buster, at this funeral procession in Aldington, Kent
The funeral cortege of Paul O'Grady travels through the village of Aldington, Kent ahead of his funeral at St Rumwold's Church. Picture date: Thursday April 20, 2023.

The Salvation Army Band played songs including Tomorrow from the musical Annie. O’Grady was starring in a touring production of the show at the time of his death.

At the church, pallbearers carried the wooden coffin adorned with a wreath of lilies, while O’Grady’s daughter Sharyn Mousley entered with a young man holding the wig of Lily Savage – her father’s drag alter ego.

Dogs from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home formed a guard of honour for the service, recognising his extensive work as an ambassador for the charity.

The funeral cortege of Paul O'Grady
Dogs at the Walnut Tree Pub in Aldington, Kent, as they wait for Paul O'Grady's funeral cortege to travel through the village of Aldington, Kent, ahead of his funeral at St Rumwold's Church. Picture date: Thursday April 20, 2023.
Well wishers arrive at the Walnut Tree Pub in Aldington, Kent, as they wait for Paul O'Grady's funeral cortege to travel through the village of Aldington, Kent, ahead of his funeral at St Rumwold's Church. Picture date: Thursday April 20, 2023.

Some dogs could be seen wearing jackets identifying them as being from the home, with the phrase “rescue is best”, as mourners gathered on Thursday.

O’Grady rehomed five dogs from Battersea while he filmed Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs and more than £270,000 has been raised for the charity since his death.

Ronnie and Sally Wood arriving for the funeral of Paul O'Grady at St Rumwold's Church in Aldington, Kent. Picture date: Thursday April 20, 2023.
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Ronnie and Sally Wood arriving for the funeral of Paul O’Grady
Gaby Roslin arriving for the funeral of Paul O'Grady at St Rumwold's Church in Aldington, Kent. Picture date: Thursday April 20, 2023.
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Gaby Roslin arrives at St Rumwold’s Church in Aldington

Crowds gathered in the village, where O’Grady lived for more than 20 years, from mid-morning.

Many brought their dogs. One pup in a pram had a photo of O’Grady with a dog with the message “Thank you”.

Celebrity chef Andi Oliver and Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay were among those petting the animals.

A dog with its owner waits outside the Walnut Tree Pub in Aldington, Kent, ahead of the cortege for Paul O'Grady
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A dog with its owner waiting for the funeral procession for Paul O’Grady
Fleur Boyd (left) with her mother Astrid Allen from Margate with their dog Zeus outside the Walnut Tree Pub in Aldington, Kent, as they wait for Paul O'Grady's funeral cortege to travel through the village of Aldington, Kent, ahead of his funeral at St Rumwold's Church. Picture date: Thursday April 20, 2023.
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Fleur Boyd (left) with her mother Astrid Allen travelled from Margate with their dog Zeus to pay their respects

Other mourners wore T-shirts featuring pictures of dogs.

Pupils from Aldington Primary School displayed a collage of dog drawings they had done inside a large heart.

Pupils and teachers from Aldington Primary School pay their respects to Paul O'Grady with picture collages of their drawing of dogs along the route of his funeral in the village of Aldington, Kent ahead of his funeral at St Rumwold's Church. Picture date: Thursday April 20, 2023.
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Pupils and teachers from Aldington Primary School display their drawings of dogs in O’Grady’s honour
Well wishers arrive at the Walnut Tree Pub in Aldington, Kent, as they wait for Paul O'Grady's funeral cortege to travel through the village of Aldington, Kent, ahead of his funeral at St Rumwold's Church. Picture date: Thursday April 20, 2023.

A bake sale was organised outside the Walnut Tree pub with proceeds going to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

O’Grady, who rose to fame as his drag alter ego Lily Savage before going on to host a string of television programmes, died “unexpectedly but peacefully” at his home on 28 March at the age of 67.

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