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Big send-off for TV show star Paddy Doherty's father

By Rachael Burnett

Travellers from across the UK and Ireland came together for the funeral of TV personality Paddy Doherty's father.

Hundreds of mourners joined the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and Big Brother star to say goodbye to Simon Doherty, remembered as the "father of all travellers".

Friends and family attended a service at St Michael's Church in Ashtead, Surrey, yesterday.

More than a dozen silver Rolls Royces, each bearing the Irish tricolour, lined up outside the church. Mr Doherty's coffin was emblazoned with the colours of the Irish flag and the message: "Simon Doherty - Blacksmith, King of all Dohertys".

"He was like mafia in his own way, not in a bad way - any trouble they would go to him," Paddy Doherty(58) said. "He said I want no one crying at my funeral, I want them happy, singing and get them drunk."

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