South East Wales

Steve Strange funeral: Boy George and Spandau brothers carry coffin

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Media captionSteve Strange, born Steven Harrington, died last month aged 55

Boy George and Spandau Ballet brothers Martin and Gary Kemp have carried the coffin of Visage singer Steve Strange at his funeral in Porthcawl.

Other celebrities to descend on the seaside town for the service included Tony Hadley and bandmate Steve Norman and hairdresser Nicky Clarke.

Visage's big hit Fade To Grey played as Strange's coffin was taken into church.

Strange, born Steven Harrington in Newbridge, Caerphilly county, died last month aged 55.

More than 300 fans and mourners gathered outside All Saints Church to listen to the service, which was broadcast on loudspeakers.

A jazz band played "I'm the King of the Swingers" as it lead the hearse to the church.

Following the funeral, a wake was held at the town's the Hi-Tide Inn where members of Visage were expected to perform with invited guests paying their own tributes.

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Media captionSteve Strange: Death marks end of era, says Tony Hadley

Tony Hadley said Strange's death marked the end of an era.

"He was a lovely, lovely guy," he said.

Martin Fry, frontman of 80s band ABC, said Strange had been a long time friend.

"Steve had an incredible sense of humour. I miss him, I miss him already," he said.

"It's a sad day but a chance to pay my respects to a guy I hope will be remembered for a long time."

Jayce Lewis, a friend of the the singer, said: "The family have decided that the funeral should be a celebration of Steve's life and the funeral will be open to the public."

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Image caption Boy George, right, and Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp were pallbearers at the funeral
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Image caption Boy George, left, and Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp carry the coffin
Image caption The coffin is carried into the church
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Image caption Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley attended the funeral
Image caption A jazz band marched and played in front of the hearse
Image caption The funeral of Steve Strange is taking place in All Saints Church, Porthcawl
Image caption A wreath at the funeral service for Steve Strange
Image caption Mourners gather in the church
Image caption The guest list for Steve Strange's funeral
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Image caption The coffin is carried from the church at the end of the service
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Image caption The hearse carrying Steve Strange's coffin is applauded as it leaves from the church
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Image caption The Welsh pop singer found fame in the 1980s as frontman for the band Visage

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