Mourners pay tribute to Gibb

Mourners have paid tribute to Bee Gee Robin Gibb at his funeral in the Oxfordshire village of Thame.

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Barry Gibb's video eulogy for his brother

Barry Gibb, the last remaining member of the Bee Gees, has released a video eulogy for his brother Robin. The video, titled Bodding (Robin's childhood nickname), features clips from various stages of Robin's life set to the 1993 Bee Gees ballad Heart Like Mine.

62-year-old Robin died from kidney failure last month and has been buried today in his home town of Thane, in Oxfordshire.


Robin Gibb 'reunited with his twin'

Mourners wept as the coffin of Robin Gibb entered the church to the sound of the Bee Gees' hit How Deep Is Your Love. Close relatives, including Robin's widow, Dwina, and his mother followed behind. One woman was so overcome with grief she had to be physically supported as she walked to her seat.

Gibb's elderly mother Barbara left the church just before her last remaining son Barry gave a moving eulogy paying tribute to his dead brothers. Barry said:

This is a very strange experience, having already lost two brothers and now Rob. [...] When you're twins, you're twins all your life. You go through every emotion. And they're finally together. I think the greatest pain for Robin in the past 10 years was losing his twin brother, and I think it did all kinds of things to him.

Barry Gibb pays emotion tribute to his brother

The Order of Service for the funeral of Bee Gee Robin Gibb Credit: Press Association

The last remaining member of the Bee Gees trio, Barry Gibb, paid an emotional tribute to his brother Robin's "magnificent mind and beautiful heart" at his funeral today.

Barry Gibb's voice broke as he told the congregation at St Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire:

"Life is too short. In Robin's case, absolutely too short.[...] We should have had 20, 30 years of his magnificent mind and his beautiful heart."

Referring to his other brother Maurice Gibb he added:

"They were both beautiful. And now they are together. They're actually together."

The back of the Order of Service for the funeral of Bee Gee Robin Gibb Credit: Press Association

Family and friends in Robin Gibb funeral procession

Robins Gibb's coffin was carried through the Thame in Oxfordshire in a glass-sided carriage pulled by four black horses. Heading up the procession following his coffin were his two Irish wolf hounds, Ollie and Missy.

His wife was comforted by his remaining brother Barry as they walked behind the coffin towards the church, with his two sons RJ and Spencer following closely behind.

Robin Gibb's funeral procession begins

The funeral procession of Robin Gibb in his home town in Thame. Credit: ITV News

The funeral procession of Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has made its way through the streets of his home town in Oxfordshire.

The horse drawn carriage displaying his coffin was followed by his two Irish Wolfhounds, Ollie and Missy, and a Scottish Piper led the walking mourners.

The coffin of Robin Gibb travels through his home town of Thame, Oxfordshire. Credit: ITV News/ Nina Nannar


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Crowds await the start of Robin Gibb's funeral procession

The carriage which will transport Robin Gibb's coffin around his home town of Thame Credit: ITV News

The carriage that will carry transport Robin Gibb's coffin around his home town of Thame has arrived at his home. Crowds outside await the start of the funeral procession.

How Deep Is Your Love will be played as the coffin enters the church.

Crowds wait patiently for the funeral procession to begin Credit: ITV News

Robin Gibb: Bee Gees singer and disco pioneer

Robin Gibb had a hugely successful chart career starting in the early 1960s with his twin Maurice - who died in 2003 - and elder brother Barry with tracks such as Massachusetts and I've Gotta Get A Message To You.

But it was their 1970s rebirth during the disco boom which many will remember him for, turning out hits such as Stayin' Alive and Night Fever.

Robin Gibb's music will form an important part of his funeral service

Robin Gibb's music will form an important part of his funeral service.

His son RJ has already said that the Bee Gees' hit I Started A Joke will be played at the church.

The track Don't Cry Alone - one of Gibb's final compositions from his Titanic Requiem, which was premiered only weeks before his death - will also be played.

The song features the opening lines: "If your heart is breaking, I'm yours whatever, I will not forsake you ever, don't cry alone."

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