14 February 2020 14:59
Billy and Joe Smith are today being laid to rest in Sevenoaks, Kent (Picture: PA/SWNS/BPM) Hundreds of mourners have turned out for the funeral of twin brothers who died in a joint suicide just days before Christmas. Billy and Joe Smith, who appeared on the Channel 4 TV series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding in 2014, are today being laid to rest in Sevenoaks, Kent. Hundreds of people began to line the streets for the brothers' funeral procession ahead of the service today, which included two separate horse drawn carriages to carry their coffins from their grandmother's house. A pair of white horses with white feathered plumes on their heads pulled the carriages, the first for Joe, who was born first, and Billy, whose carriage followed behind. A view of the front page of the order of service at the funeral for Billy and Joe (Picture: PA) Extravagant floral tributes were laid for the brothers outside their grandmother's home (Picture: BPM) The funeral cortege arrives at St John the Baptist Church, Sevenoaks, for the funeral of Billy and Joe Smith (Picture: PA) Hundreds of mourners followed the procession before the church service (Picture: PA) Elaborate floral displays were laid in doting gran Pheobe Smith's front garden before the procession, including one depicting a tequila bottle, another whisky, one in the shape of 'Billy and Joe's red wine', while two made up silver and gold Rolex watches.
Multiple white cars then brought relatives along the two-mile route to the service, held at St John the Baptist Church. Hundreds of tearful mourners walked the route behind – some seen kissing the windows of the carriages holding the brothers' coffins, saying 'I love you' to each twin. The carriage carrying father-of-two Joey had the word 'Daddy' spelled out in white flowers on its roof while Billy had 'Uncle' on top of his. Twin brothers Billy and Joe featured in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding in 2014 (Picture: Channel 4) Mourners touched the two horse drawn carriages carrying the brothers' coffins (Picture: PA) The procession made its way into Sevenoaks town centre before heading to the church (Picture: PA) Tearful mourners held onto the carriages and said 'I love you' (Picture: PA) Multiple white cars carrying relatives followed the horse-drawn carriages (Picture: PA) 'Sons', 'Daddy and 'Uncle' flowers adorned the procession route and carriages (Picture: Steve Finn) Joe and Billy were tragically found next to each other in a country lane on the morning of December 28 last year after a relative found a suicide note, a coroner was told. Paddy Doherty, one of the reality show's biggest names and winner of Celebrity Big Brother, said in a video tribute that the deaths of the 'two good-looking boys' were a 'terrible tragedy'.
The horse drawn hearse carrying the brothers' coffins. Two white horses carted each white coffin from the funeral parlour in Sevenoaks to a house on a hill where dozens of loved ones gathered at 10am. The brothers were taken to their last resting place in horse-drawn white hearses, their coffins are also white and adorned with photos and flowers. A procession of white vehicles is also following the horse-drawn hearses, with some vehicles adorned with floral tributes. Billy and Joe, who were former pupils of Oldborough Manor School, which is now the New Line Learning Academy in Maidstone, are said to have made it clear in their last moments, and in letters to loved ones before taking their own lives, that they were "right where we want to be" - by each other's side. Heartbroken relatives sobbed the carriages arrived at for the funeral service. A grieving woman held the glass of Billy's carriage and kissed the window before saying "I love you" outside St John's Church. Hundreds of mourners gathered outside the Sevenoaks church in Kent where the twins arrived in separate white horse drawn hearses. The twins' white coffins were carried into the church, one behind the other. Billy's picture next to his coffin. The roofs of the carriages were dressed with white flower letters spelling "Daddy" for Joey and "Uncle" for Billy. A similar note was tucked into the flower wreath of twin brother Billy. For confidential support on an emotional issue, call Samaritans on 116 123 at any time. Hundreds of mourners have gathered to say goodbye to twin brothers who starred in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Billy and Joe Smith, who appeared on the Channel 4 TV show in 2014, were found dead in a country lane just days after Christmas. Their coffins were taken along Sevenoaks High Street in horse-drawn carriages while friends and family stood in silent tribute. Starting at their grandmother's house in the Kent town, the funeral cortege made its way through the town centre in a quiet procession. The order of service for the funeral of Billy and Joe Smith (Gareth Fuller/PA) On Friday morning, a woman in red was seen placing her hand on one of the white carriages and kissing the glass. A heart-shaped floral tribute followed behind the carriages. After a journey of nearly two miles, the procession arrived at St John the Baptist Church for the service. A floral tribute follows behind the funeral cortege for the brothers (Steve Parsons/PA)