DIGEST: Robin Gibb, A Life In Pictures

Barry Gibb has given a heartfelt eulogy at the funeral of his younger brother, Robin, talking of conflict between the two during the time leading up to his death.

He gave an indication of their fraught relationship, saying: "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."

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Robin Gibb's older brother, Barry, lays a flower in tribute

Barry also spoke of his younger brother's sense of humour saying: "There was no funnier man than Spike Milligan - apart from Robin. And his sharp, intuitive wit will live with us forever.

"You could stand Robin next to Spike Milligan and it would be a competition."

Referring to the late Maurice Gibb, who died in 2003, he added: "They were both beautiful. And now they're together. They're actually together. 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. And now they're together."

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The Bee Gee brothers - Maurice, Robin and Barry

The funeral service of the late Bee Gee pop legend Robin Gibb took place on Friday in his hometown of Thame, Oxfordshire.

A sombre cortege, led by a lone piper and a dazzling white carriage carrying Gibbs' coffin drawn by four plumed, black Friesian horses, made its way through the town to St Mary's Church.

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A lone piper leads the funeral procession of Bee Gee Robin Gibb, as it leaves his home in Thame

As a tribute to his long musical career, the horses wore decorative black cloth emblazoned with a gold treble clef.

The cortege was followed by Gibb's two Irish wolfhounds, Ollie and Missy, together with friends and family.

In a statement, his family said that "at his wish, he will say a final goodbye to fans and his home town of Thame, Oxon, this Friday prior to the funeral".

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A copy of the order of service

The mother of Gibb's love child, Claire Yang, had been dissuaded from attending the service, media reports said earlier today. Gibbs' widow, Dina, had reportedly said that she would be devastated if she attended but would not turn her away.

The carriage left from Priests End in the town and travelled along the High Street to the town hall. It then returned through the High Street to St Mary's Church.

The family asked well-wishers and fans to use the full length of the High Street to avoid congestion.

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The coffin of Bee Gee Robin Gibb is brought to St Mary's Church

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.

Joining funeral directors as pallbearers were Gibb's sons RJ and Spencer, together with Stevie Gibb - Barry's son - and Steven Murphy, Dwina's son.

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Barry Gibb leads the pallbearers through the grounds of St Mary's Church

Gibb died from kidney failure last month after fighting cancer and pneumonia and suffering from a serious bowel condition.

His death drew tributes from across the music world but also from politicians including former prime minister Tony Blair, who was a close friend.

Gibb's music formed part of the service. His son RJ had already said that the Bee Gees hit I Started A Joke would be played at the church.

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A tribute in a shop window in Thame

And the track Don't Cry Alone - one of his final compositions from his Titanic Requiem, premiered only weeks before his death - was also played.


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  • The hearse containing Robin Gibb leaves his home in Thame, Oxfordshire ahead of his funeral at St Mary's Church in the town.

  • The family of Robin Gibb, including brother Barry and wife Dwina,follows his hearse as it leaves his home in Thame, Oxfordshire ahead of his funeral at St Mary's Church in the town.

  • The family of Robin Gibb, including brother Barry and wife Dwina,follows his hearse as it leaves his home in Thame, Oxfordshire ahead of his funeral at St Mary's Church in the town.

  • A message for Bee Gee Robin Gibb is seen on a building as the funeral procession leaves his home in Thame, Oxfordshire ahead of his funeral at St Mary's Church in the town.

  • A lone piper leads the funeral procession of Bee Gee Robin Gibb, as it leaves his home in Thame, Oxfordshire ahead of his funeral at St Mary's Church in the town.

  • A message for Bee Gee Robin Gibb is seen in a lingerie shop as the funeral procession leaves his home in Thame, Oxfordshire ahead of his funeral at St Mary's Church in the town.

  • A lone piper leads the funeral procession of Bee Gee Robin Gibb, as it leaves his home in Thame, Oxfordshire ahead of his funeral at St Mary's Church in the town.

  • The coffin of Bee Gee Robin Gibb is brought to St Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire for his funeral.

  • The back of the Order of Service for the funeral of Bee Gee Robin Gibb is held up before his funeral at St Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire.

  • The front of the Order of Service for the funeral of Bee Gee Robin Gibb is held up before his funeral at St Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire.

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    OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: Barry Gibb (L) and Robin's widow Dwina Murphy Gibb arrive for Robin Gibb's funeral at Priest End, Thame on June 8, 2012 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Robin Gibb - Funeral

    OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: Barry Gibb (L), Robin's son Robin-John Gibb (4L) and Robin's widow Dwina Murphy Gibb (2R) and other members of the Gibb family arrive for Robin Gibb's funeral at Priest End, Thame on June 8, 2012 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

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    OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: General view of Robin Gibb's horse drawn glass carriage during his funeral at Priest End, Thame on June 8, 2012 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Robin Gibb - Funeral

    OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: Barry Gibb (L) and Robin's widow Dwina Murphy Gibb arrive for Robin Gibb's funeral at Priest End, Thame on June 8, 2012 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

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    OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: Peter Andre arrives for Robin Gibb's funeral at Priest End, Thame on June 8, 2012 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

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    Flowers left at the funeral of Bee Gee Robin Gibb by his brother and family at St Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire.

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    Flowers left at the funeral of Bee Gee Robin Gibb by his wife at St Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire.

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    Bee Gee Barry Gibb (centre) walks in front of the coffin of his brother Robin Gibb as it is carried from his funeral service at St Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire.

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    Bee Gee Barry Gibb at the funeral of his brother Robin Gibb at St Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire.

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    The coffin of Bee Gee Robin Gibb carried from his funeral service at St Mary's Church in Thame, Oxfordshire.

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    Barbara Gibb, (C) mother of Bee Gee Robin Gibb, leaves St Mary's Church in Thame, central England, on June 8, 2012, after a funeral service for Robin. A horse-drawn carriage took the coffin of Bee Gee Robin Gibb to a church in his home town of Thame in England on Friday for his funeral, through crowds lined up to pay their respects. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/GettyImages)

Robin Gibb's life in pictures...

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  • Andy Gibb eats a cherry from his birthday cake at a party given by his family in his home in Miami Beach, Fla., Monday night, March 6, 1979. Andy's brothers, the Bee Gees, from left are, Robin, Barry and Maurice. (AP Photo)

  • The Bee Gees, from left, Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb, attend a party in 1978

  • Members of the Bee Gees pose with Barry Manilow, far right, at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., Friday, Jan. 13, 1979. The brothers Gibb, from left, Barry, Maurice, and Robin, won awards for favorite popular group and favorite soul album

  • The Gibb brothers: Barry (centre) and twins Maurice (left) and Robin (right)

  • The Bee Gees (L-R) Barry, Maurice, Robin Gibb at Heathrow Airport, London, before leaving for a 3 month World Tour. 1974

  • The Bee Gees, (l to r) Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb, accept the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1997

  • Bee Gees Singer Robin Gibb reads to his son Spencer, circa 1974

  • Bee Gees Singer Robin Gibb with his wife Molly Hullis (r) and two children Spencer and Melissa in his home, circa 1974

  • Robin Gibb, founding member of the Bee Gees, unveils a plaque honouring the work of the Bee Gees at 67 Brook Street, central London. 2008

  • Robin Gibb performs at the BBC Electric Proms 2008 - Saturday Night Fever at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London.

  • Official ambassador Robin Gibb CBE (centre) with his wife Dwina and son arriving for The Sunseeker International Charitable Trust Ball - in aid of The Outward Bound Trust - at Battersea Evolution in south London. 2009

  • Robin Gibb and his wife Dwina at No.11 Downing Street in London for the Diana Awards.

  • British singer Robin Gibb arrives for the 46th Goldene Kamera (Golden Camera) media award gala in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011