Thousands of mourners are expected to turn out for Jade Goody’s funeral on Saturday in Essex.

The funeral procession, which begins at 0830, will pass through some of the places where the former Big Brother star lived, as it travels from Bermondsey in South London to St John The Baptist Church in Buckhurst Hill.

The service, which is at noon, is open to the public and will be transmitted on giant screens and speakers outside the church.

Around 300 people, including Jade’s mother Jackiey Budden and husband Jack Tweed are expected to attend the service – although her sons Bobby and Freddie will not be there as per Jade’s wishes.

The boys have been taken on holiday to Australia by their father Jeff Brazier after family members decided that they would find the funeral too upsetting

Jade’s publicist Max Clifford said he expected many more wellwishers to attend.

“I’m sure there’ll be an awful lot of other people lining the route and wanting to pay their respects,” he told the BBC News website.

“I’m sure it will be a very emotional celebration and tribute to a very special young lady.”

“I think Jade would want people to be laughing and crying and I’m sure they will be.”

The service will be led by the Reverend Corinne Brixton, who baptised Jade and her sons Freddy and Bobby last month, and by the Reverend Dr Ian Farley.

Afterwards the cortege will leave the church for a private burial.

The Sun reports that Jack will read out a poem he wrote for Jade before she is buried and will release a white dove into the air as a symbol of their love.

A further 27 doves, one for each year of her life, will be released as her coffin is lowered into the ground.

Jade will be buried in her wedding dress, and two of her favourite photos of her sons Bobby and Freddie have been placed in her coffin, which was sealed by Jackiey on Friday.

“There won’t be a dry eye in the church or at the burial,” a family friend told the paper.