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Status Quo arrive in tour bus for farewell to Rick Parfitt

By Joe Nerssessian

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has been remembered at his funeral by his former bandmates - who arrived at the crematorium in the group's double-decker tour bus.

Led by Quo frontman Francis Rossi, Parfitt's band mate for 50 years, the group's current line-up joined mourners at Woking Crematorium in Surrey.

Rossi was joined by Andy Bown, John 'Rhino' Edwards, Leon Cave and Parfitt's replacement as rhythm guitarist, Richie Malone.

The veteran musician died on Christmas Eve aged 68 after suffering a severe infection while in a Spanish hospital, which he had visited due to complications with a shoulder injury.

Yesterday Parfitt's son Rick Jr - one of the guitarist's four children - said it was "time to say goodbye" in a Twitter post.

Parfitt's slate-grey coffin arrived at the service in a four-car procession featuring floral guitar wreaths and others spelling the word 'Dad'. His third wife Lyndsay left a white rose for her late husband among the floral tributes with a note thanking him for their "wonderful" children.

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