Billy and Joe Smith are today being laid to rest in Sevenoaks, Kent (Picture: PA/SWNS/BPM)

Gypsy Wedding suicide twins get whisky and Rolex floral tributes at funeral


Hundreds of mourners have turned out for the funeral of twin brothers who died in a joint suicide just days before Christmas.

Billy and Joe Smith, who appeared on the Channel 4 TV series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding in 2014, are today being laid to rest in Sevenoaks, Kent.

Hundreds of people began to line the streets for the brothers’ funeral procession ahead of the service today, which included two separate horse drawn carriages to carry their coffins from their grandmother’s house.

A pair of white horses with white feathered plumes on their heads pulled the carriages, the first for Joe, who was born first, and Billy, whose carriage followed behind.
A view of the front page of the order of service at the funeral for Billy and Joe (Picture: PA)
Extravagant floral tributes were laid for the brothers outside their grandmother’s home (Picture: BPM)
One was for ‘Billy and Joe’s red wine’ (Picture: BPM)
Two tributes in the shape of silver and gold Rolex watches also appeared (Picture: BPM)
The funeral cortege arrives at St John the Baptist Church, Sevenoaks, for the funeral of Billy and Joe Smith (Picture: PA)
Hundreds of mourners followed the procession before the church service (Picture: PA)

Elaborate floral displays were laid in doting gran Pheobe Smith’s front garden before the procession, including one depicting a tequila bottle, another whisky, one in the shape of ‘Billy and Joe’s red wine’, while two made up silver and gold Rolex watches.

Billy and Joe’s favourite songs were played on a speaker while mourners gathered to admire the extravagant tributes.

Multiple white cars then brought relatives along the two-mile route to the service, held at St John the Baptist Church.

Hundreds of tearful mourners walked the route behind – some seen kissing the windows of the carriages holding the brothers’ coffins, saying ‘I love you’ to each twin.

The carriage carrying father-of-two Joey had the word ‘Daddy’ spelled out in white flowers on its roof while Billy had ‘Uncle’ on top of his.
Twin brothers Billy and Joe featured in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding in 2014 (Picture: Channel 4)
Mourners touched the two horse drawn carriages carrying the brothers’ coffins (Picture: PA)
The procession made its way into Sevenoaks town centre before heading to the church (Picture: PA)
Tearful mourners held onto the carriages and said ‘I love you’ (Picture: PA)
Multiple white cars carrying relatives followed the horse-drawn carriages (Picture: PA)
The brothers with their doting grandmother, Phoebe Smith (Picture: PA)
‘Sons’, ‘Daddy and ‘Uncle’ flowers adorned the procession route and carriages (Picture: Steve Finn)

A police officer directed around 30 cars out of the residential street where grandmother Pheobe lives, towards Sevenoaks town centre.

Joe and Billy were tragically found next to each other in a country lane on the morning of December 28 last year after a relative found a suicide note, a coroner was told.

The tree surgeons, who had celebrated their 32nd birthdays just two weeks earlier, were remembered on a Facebook memorial page as brothers who ‘came into this world together and went into the next together’.

Paddy Doherty, one of the reality show’s biggest names and winner of Celebrity Big Brother, said in a video tribute that the deaths of the ‘two good-looking boys’ were a ‘terrible tragedy’.

Other tributes on the memorial page said it was ‘just heartbreaking two beautiful young souls gone too soon’ and wished the pair would ‘both rest in gods home in heaven in eternal peace’.

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