'Now they're together': Surviving Bee Gee Barry Gibb bids farewell to the last of his brothers at Robin's funeral
Paid tribute to Robin's 'magnificent mind and beautiful heart'
Hinted at recent tensions between them, and encouraged congregation to 'get rid of conflict in your lives'
Said 'This is a very strange experience, having already lost two brothers'
15:31 GMT, 8 June 2012
Barry Gibb placed a red rose on brother Robin's coffin as he bid farewell to his last surviving sibling.
The 65-year-old singer, the only remaining member of the Bee Gees, and gripped his wife Linda's hand as he watched his brother's burial today.
Robin, who died on May 20 aged 62, was buried this afternoon at St Mary's Church in his hometown of Thame, Oxfordshire.
Farewell: The last surviving Gibb brother Barry throws a rose on the casket of his brother Robin at the singer's burial at St Mary's church in Thames, Oxfordshire today
'We will keep him in our hearts and minds forever': Barry and the Bee Gees star's wife Dwina watched Robin's burial following the funeral service this afternoon
mind and beautiful heart': Barry gripped wife Linda's hand while Dwina
was surrounded by Robin's children from his first marriage, and their
son RJ (far right)
In an emotional tribute, Barry spoke of Robin's 'magnificent mind and his beautiful heart'.
With a trembling voice, the singer told the congregation: 'Life is too short. In Robin's case, absolutely too short.
'We should have had 20 years, 30 years of his magnificent mind and his beautiful heart.'
Referring to his late brother Maurice, he added: 'They were both beautiful. And now they're together. They're actually together.'
Collaborators: Robin's youngest son and musical partner RJ, and friend Peter Andre, who the late star wrote a song for recently, both placed roses on the coffin
'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 also spoke of his brother's sense of humour. 'There was no funnier man than Spike Milligan – apart from Robin,' he said. 'And his sharp, intuitive wit will live with us forever.
'You could stand Robin next to Spike Milligan and it would be a competition.'
Gibb's family, including (front row left to right) Barry's
son Stevie, brother Barry, sons Spencer and RJ and wife Dwina, are
pictured leading the procession to St Mary's Church in Thame for his
He hinted at recent tensions between himself and Robin, however, saying: 'We were laughing all the way. Sometimes crying. God knows how much we argued.
'Even right up to the end we found conflict with each other, which now means nothing. It just means nothing. If there's conflict in your lives – get rid of it.'
Gibb's elderly mother, Barbara, left the church just before Barry gave his eulogy.
He told the congregation: 'This is a very strange experience, having already lost two brothers and now Rob.
For the last time: Gibb's casket leaves his Oxfordshire estate in the glass carriage as fans assemble outside
In mourning: Hundreds lined the streets for the funeral cortege from the late singer's home, down the high street to the church
'I think there are an awful lot of
things happening right now that maybe you won't be aware of. And one is
how many people came on such a terrible day. It is staggering.
'So many people loved this boy, so many illustrious people are here that loved him. And that is such a pleasure to witness.
'The three of us have seen a lot of
crowds but I've never seen so much love in one crowd as I'm looking at
today – for Rob, you know, for the music. And it's an intense experience
'I think it's an experience none of us will forget. We will keep him in our hearts and minds forever.'
Procession: A horse-drawn glass carriage is taken through Gibb's home town of Thame
Musical tribute: The four black horses wore cloths with golden treble clefs in tribute to the star's career, and were accompanied by a piper
Gibb's family and friends were
joined by hundreds of fans, who lined the streets as a glass
horse-drawn carriage covered in red roses made its way down the town's
high street on the way to the funeral.
Family members including Robin's wife
Dwina, his children Spencer, Melissa and RJ, Barry, his wife Linda and
his son Stevie, were pictured leading the procession on foot from the
gate house of their estate to St Mary's Church.
It had been Gibb's wish to 'say a final goodbye to fans and his home town of Thame', according to his family.
Paying respects: Mike Reed and Peter Andre were pictured amongst the mourners
Showbusiness friends: Sir Tim Rice and Leslie Phillips were also spotted in the crowd outside the church
The 62-year-old singer died from kidney failure last month after fighting colon cancer and pneumonia.
late star's beloved Irish Wolfhounds Ollie and Missy were included in
the funeral, following directly behind the cortege and wearing sombre
black bows tied around their necks.
Four black horses pulling the
carriage wore cloths decorated with gold treble clefs in tribute to
Gibb's career, and were accompanied by a piper.
Close to home: St Mary's church is opposite the home which the musician shared with wife Dwina for 19 years
Not left out: Gibb's beloved Irish Wolfhounds Ollie and Missy also took part in the procession
The casket was draped with the flag of the Isle of Man, where the brothers were born.
Celebrity guests including Sir Tim Rice,
Uri Geller, Mike Reed and Leslie Phillips were also seen
amongst the mourners.
Peter Andre, who was a close friend of the musician, was front and centre to place a rose on the coffin at the burial.
Andre announced last week that he plans to release a tribute single using music written for him by Robin shortly before his death.
'This is a very strange experience, having already lost two brothers': Barry is the only surviving Gibb brother now
'He very kindly wrote a song for me
recently and I'm determined to finish working on it when I get back to
the UK,' Andre said. 'I'm going to release it and make sure all the
proceeds go to his favourite charity.'
St Mary's church is opposite the home
which the musician had shared with wife Dwina for 19 years. He will
later be buried in the churchyard.
Two candles flickered at the front of
the church as some guests entered in tears, to take their places on
wooden seats surrounded by pink and white flowers.
They were issued with an order of
service printed with a black and white picture of Gibb on the front
cover, and images of red roses throughout.
Hometown: A flag of the Isle of Man, where the singer was born, was draped on the coffin
Time to say goodbye: Robin's sons were amongst the pallbearers
Banned: The mother of Gibb's love child, Claire Yang, was reportedly banned from the funeral by Dwina
An image of the three members of the Bee Gees – Robin, Maurice and Barry – was on the back.
At the service Dwina will read a poem that she wrote especially for today, and children Spencer, Melissa and RJ will read tributes to their father.
A song written by Robin will also be debuted.
Don't Cry Alone is thought to be his final composition taken from his Titanic Requiem.
The touching song features the
opening lines: 'If your heart is breaking, I'm yours whatever, I will
not forsake you ever, don't cry alone.'
At the request of the late singer, Bee Gees hit How Deep Is Your Love will be the first song of the service, while guests are due to leave the church to the sound of I Started A Joke, which includes the line, 'I finally died, which started the whole world living.'
According to reports, Dwina has banned the mother of Robin's love child, Claire Yang from attending the funeral.
She has told friends that she would absolutely hate the former housekeeper to attend, but wouldn't turn her away if she did.
Barry Gibb is now the only surviving brother. Gibb's twin Maurice died in 2003 following complications from a twisted bowel, and their younger brother Andy – who also had a chart career – died in 1988.
In remembrance: The Order of Service featured a picture the chart-topping group
How Deep Is Your Love: Bee Gees songs were included in the service, along with tributes from his children Spencer, Melissa and RJ