8 June 2012
Last updated at 20:50
Hundreds of fans lined the streets of Thame in Oxfordshire on Friday as a lone bagpiper led a procession through the town for the funeral of Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb. The 62-year-old died from kidney failure last month after battling cancer and pneumonia.
Gibb's body was carried in a horse-drawn, glass carriage followed by two Irish wolfhounds and guests ahead of a private service at St Mary's Church attended by his family and close friends.
Barry Gibb, the only surviving member of the Bee Gees trio, told the congregation: "Life is too short. In Robin's case, absolutely too short. We should have had 20 years, 30 years of his magnificent mind and his beautiful heart."
Robin Gibb's track Don't Cry Alone - one of the final compositions from his Titanic Requiem - was played at the service. His twin Maurice - the third member of the band - died in 2003 and mourners were told they had been reunited.
Robin Gibb's widow Dwina read a poem dedicated to her husband at the service. My Songbird Has Flown contained the line "no treasure in the lands will replace his happy smile".
Celebrities from across the world of music attended the funeral, including Australian singer Peter Andre, whom Robin Gibb had written a song for. The star now intends to release the track as a tribute.
Veteran actor Leslie Phillips followed the funeral cortege on foot behind the coffin decorated with a string of red roses. He was joined by DJ Mike Read, Uri Geller and broadcaster Paul Gambaccini among others.
Award-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice also attended the funeral. He has compared the Bee Gees to Lennon and McCartney and Elton John and Bernie Taupin, saying they were on a par when it came to songwriting.
Robin Gibb was a key member of one of the biggest-selling groups of all time, with hits spanning six decades including Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Massachusetts, and Words. The band will be remembered for their best-selling soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever.