Emotional: Jack Tweed wipes away a tear as he carries the coffin of his wife Jade Goody at her funeral at St John the Baptist Church in Buckhurst Hill, Essex
Jade Goody’s husband Jack Tweed was among the six pallbearers carrying her white coffin into the church.
Dressed in a navy blue suit and mirrored sunglasses he wiped away a tear as they entered the church.
Tweed struggled to keep his composure as he helped to carry Miss Goody’s white coffin into the church.
The part-time model wiped away tears from behind his aviator sunglasses.
Miss Goody’s mother was also inconsolable as she followed the coffin inside.
Jack Tweed (R), husband of British reality television star Jade Goody, carries her coffin before the funeral
Jade’s white coffin, covered by a wreath of white roses is carried into the church by pall bearers including husband Jack
The waiting crowds – estimated at 2,000 people – burst into rapturous applause when the cars pulled up outside the church, and despite the morning’s gloomy start, the sun broke out from behind the clouds as they arrived. As the service got underway, Tweed, his voice shaking, stepped up to the front to read a poem he had written especially for his wife’s funeral.
‘I have asked god to give me strength to face the days alone, to help me heal my broken heart and mend my shattered soul,’ Mr Tweed, 21, said.
‘Life will never be the same without you by my side, be almost to much to bear and difficult to hide.
‘But when we look into the sky at the brightest star above, bobby, me and freddie will send you all our love.’
Jade Goody’s widower Jack Tweed fought back tears as he told mourners his life would never be the same without her.
In a poem which he read to the congregation at her funeral, he said:
‘If only I could stop the clock and turn back the hands of time,
‘To a moment in a crowded room when your eyes looked into mine.
‘If only I could walk once more on a sandy beach with you,
‘Holding hands with Bob and Fred the way we used to do.
‘If only I could lie again in the warmth of your embrace,
‘To feel your tender kisses and breath upon my face.
‘You were always there beside me through the laughter and the tears,
‘You made me feel so special and soothed away my fears.
‘I have asked God to give me strength to face the days alone,
‘To help me heal my broken heart and mend my shattered soul.
Jack Tweed read an emotional poem to his wife
‘My life will never be the same without you by my side,
‘Grief almost too much to bear, pain difficult to hide.
‘But when we look into the sky for the brightest star above,
‘Bobby, me and Freddie will send you all our love.’
Sons Bobby and Freddy did not attend the funeral, but paid their own tribute to her in a private ceremony they held in Australia where they are holidaying with father Jeff Brazier.
Their mother will be buried in a specially chosen spot at Epping Forest Burial ground where the boys can go and pay their respects.
Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli and Big Brother host Davina McCall
Jamelia arrives with husband and soccer player Darren Byfield
Ms Goody’s friend and fitness trainer, Kevin Adams, read a personal tribute to her, telling mourners: “Nothing, absolutely nothing, in Jade’s life was done by half.
“Love her or hate her, that was the beauty of the girl.”
Paying tribute to Jade, the Rev Corinne Brixton, associate minister of St John The Baptist church, said: “She was a star, possibly the greatest star of what we term reality television, but we know that her life was far from free of the harsher realities of life.
“She had more than her fair share of life’s hardships but over the last few months she had inspired us, we admired her courage and dignity in facing death.”
Mourners at the St John the Baptist Church, in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, watched a collection of images of Jade on giant screens while listening to The Beatles’ song She Loves You.
Max Clifford arrives with a guest at the memorial service
The montage ended with a film clip of Jade saying: “That’s it from me. See you around maybe. Bye.”
Paying tribute, her publicist Max Clifford said: “When we left the house it was cloudy and overcast. As we moved forwards the sun started to come through and that is what in many ways Jade’s life was like.
‘It was difficult to start with but as she got older she took more and more control … and people came to appreciate that.’
He added: ‘This is a girl who was ordinary and extraordinary at the same time.’
He said she became a princess in Bermondsey, the tough inner London district where she was raised, and then a queen in Essex.
Grief: Jackiey Budden cannot hide her emotions as she leaves daughter Jade Goody’s Upshire home with Jack Tweed to join the funeral cortege
Jade’s grandparents and close friend Kevin Adams
Extraordinary scene as Jade Goody’s funeral procession passed through Essex
And he paid tribute to her success in encouraging women to go for checks against cervical cancer, the disease that killed her at the age of 27.
She achieved in seven months what doctors, politicians and medical experts can only dream of achieving.
‘Her legacy is a wonderful one. Because of Jade Goody, lots of women have had their lives saved,’ he said.
The funeral cortege proceeded through Loughton High Street, Essex
The London Community Gospel Choir sang Amazing Grace as her white coffin was carried into the church shortly after midday. Mr Tweed, 21, was among the six pallbearers.
The service was relayed on two giant screens for the crowd of well-wishers outside the church.
Among Jade’s fans was mother-of-seven Kirsty Brooks, 34, of Westbury, Wiltshire, who travelled with her three sisters to watch the funeral.
Mourners surrounded the hearse and threw flowers onto it as it passed by
She said: ‘She was just a real woman who always put her kids first to the end. She also shared the same birthday as my late daughter, who passed away.’
Jade’s sons Bobby, five, and Freddie, four, did not attend the funeral.
Thousands lined the streets as the Big Brother star’s funeral cortege made its way from Bermondsey to her last home in Upshire, Essex.
Dozens of photographers followed the vintage Rolls-Royce hearse as it carried Jade’s coffin on a route that included Tower Bridge.
Police stopped traffic as the cortege, walked by funeral director Barry Albin-Dyer and the vicar of St James’s Church, Rev Stewart Hartley.
Fans tossed flowers onto the hearse as it passed by. Others stood applauding in the rain.
Friends and family leaving her home to attend Jade’s funeral
Mourners wear sweatshirts with pictures of late reality TV star Jade Goody as they arrive at her memorial service at St John the Baptist Church in Buckhurst Hill
Jade’s mother Jackiey Budden, 51, was shaking and crying as she climbed into the car at the head of the funeral procession.
The cortege stopped outside a market on Southwark Park Road, known as The Blue, where Jade’s family used to have a stall.
Mr Albin-Dyer told the crowd: “I knew you’d be like this. I knew you’d come and say goodbye like this.
“So from everyone in Bermondsey, goodbye.”
He then released a single white dove which was greeted by loud cheering and applause.
Mr Hartley said a prayer before leading the crowd in “three cheers for Jade”.
He said: “I was watching the news before about when Michelle Obama went into the school in east London and wanted to be an inspiration and she said ‘You’ve got a good school, you’ve got good brains, you can make a difference in the world’.
“Jade spoke to the girls who had dropped out of school or who had families young and she said ‘There is a possibility, take your opportunities’.
“She was an inspiration and she was a local girl made good.”
Funeral Director Barry Albin-Dyer releases a dove during Jade procession through Bermondsey
Our princess: The vintage Rolls Royce hearse carrying Jade Goody was covered in flowers by onlookers as the procession made its way through her hometown of Bermondsey in south-east London
Jade died at home at the age of 27 on March 22 after losing a battle with cervical cancer.
The mother-of-two married Jack Tweed, 21, at a ceremony in a hotel near Hatfield Heath, Essex, on February 22 after being told that she had only weeks to live.
After the ceremony Mr Tweed and Jade’s mother, looking visibly shaken, followed the coffin out of the church and onto the private burial site.
The funeral has attracted immense media interest, with Sky News broadcasting live uninterrupted coverage, the type usually reserved only for state funerals, for the reality television star from Bermondsey.
Guests began arriving for the funeral at 11.15am. Ex Blue singer Anthony Costa and pop star Jamelia were the first celebrities to arrive.
Davina McCall arrived wearing dark sunglasses and accompanied by husband Matthew Robertson.
Jade’s Big Brother housemate Spencer Smith was also amongst the guests.
You either loved her or hated her: Flowers arrive at the funeral home in South London for Jade’s funeral today. London
Tribute: Floral tributes made reference to Jade’s life
Farewell: Jade with sons Freddy (R) and Bobby, pictured with their mother at a film screening in 2006