The Wanted carried Tom Parker’s casket to their late bandmate’s funeral.
The singer – who tragically died aged 33 on March 30, 17 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor – was laid to rest at St Francis Assisi Church in south-east London on Wednesday (20.04.22 ), and bandmates Jay McGuiness, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes served as porters.
Oasis hit ‘Champagne Supernova’ played as fans gathered outside the church, with hundreds lined the streets for the procession ahead of the moving celebration of life service
Tom’s widow Kelsey – who wed the star in 2018 – left a motorcade of three black horses, and she opened up about their time together in a pre-recorded message played at church.
She said, “I will cherish every memory because life with you has never been boring.”
She described him as her “soul mate” and said their wedding “was the best day of my life”.
Outside the church there were flowers spelling out “Glad You Came” – the title of The Wanted’s 2011 hit single – and Tom’s bandmates played a part in the funeral.
George told the congregation: “He left us far too soon and he will be sorely missed.
“People on the outside, people all over the world, do him credit. Take it easy buddy.”
Close friends and family were in attendance, while Kelsey invited fans to watch outside on big screens.
Grieving fans wore all black as they gathered in the high street to pay their respects, and fell silent when Tom’s coffin was placed in the car.
Announcing the memorial, Kelsey shared last week, “Thomas Anthony Parker. There will be a private celebration of life on Wednesday, April 20.
“We know many of you would also like to pay your respects, so we would like you to join us in Petts Wood at 10 a.m..”
She added: “It would be nice for everyone to follow the road as we head to our private service.
“You are then welcome to join us outside the church for the duration as the service will be shown on screens. I love Kelsey.”
Kelsey broke the news of Tom’s death last month.
She wrote on Instagram: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm that Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with his entire family by his side. Our hearts are broken, Tom was the center of our world and we can’t imagine life without her infectious smile and energetic presence.
“We are truly grateful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all come together to keep Tom’s light shining for his beautiful children. Thank you to everyone who has supported his care throughout, he fought until the very end. I’m still proud of you.”