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Andrew 'Bart' Simpson funeral

Family, friends and fellow sporting champions have gathered today in a final farewell to Olympic sailing gold medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.

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Funeral for Olympic sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson

The funeral of Olympic sailing gold medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson will take place today.

Thirty-six-year-old Simpson died after being trapped under his super fast AC72 catamaran when it nosedived, capsized and broke into pieces while training for the America's Cup in San Francisco.

Olympic sailing gold medallist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Simpson's hometown of Sherborne has been dressed with red, white and blue bunting as the Dorset town bids farewell to one of its greatest sporting heroes.

The father-of-two won gold alongside his best friend Iain Percy at the Beijing 2008 and silver at the London 2012 Olympics in the Star discipline.

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