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Funeral of my big gypsy twins Marriage Billy and Joe Smith

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A procession was led by identical horse-drawn carriages

Hundreds of people attend the funeral of the twin brothers who appeared on Channel 4’s reality show, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

Billy and Joe Smith were found dead on a Kent street in December after a relative discovered a suicide note.

A procession was led by two white horse-drawn carriages through their hometown of Sevenoaks.

Mourners kissed the glass of the carriages, which carried identical coffins to the church of San Giovanni.

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Mourners kissed the glass of the carriages, which carried identical coffins to the church of San Giovanni

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Joe Smith was married with two children

Inside, the song UB40 Many Rivers to Cross was played, as “requested by the boys”, according to a service order.

The brothers, both tree surgeons, were found side by side on Dibden Lane, near Sevenoaks, on December 28th.

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Friends said that “the love and laughter of the brothers have left footprints in our hearts”

The 32-year-old took part in a 2014 episode of the TV show, which followed them to work and on vacation.

A tribute from close friends, which should be read in the service, said: “Your love and your laughter have left footprints in our hearts.

“When you left, you brought a piece of all of us with you.”

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Drivers were told to expect extra traffic during the day

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Twins must be buried in identical white coffins

Among the floral tributes were those in the shape of Rolex watches and a bottle of tequila, along with the words “dad” and “uncle”.

After the funeral, those attending the funeral should follow the procession on foot to Greatness Cemetery, just over half a mile away, where the brothers are to be buried.

Drivers were advised by the Sevenoaks District Council to expect extra traffic as “many people are likely to come to town to pay tribute.”

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