Mourners prepare for Jade Goody funeral

Jade Goody’s funeral is expected to attract thousands of wellwishers.

The former Big Brother star will be buried after a church service in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, and the funeral procession will trace the geography of Jade’s life as it makes its way to St John the Baptist Church.

It will travel through Bermondsey, south east London – where she grew up, make its way to her home in Upshire, Essex, then move to Buckhurst Hill, where her widower Jack Tweed lives.

Publicist Max Clifford, who represented Jade, said the funeral would be ‘a very Jade Goody event’.

Jade died at home at the age of 27 on March 22 after losing a battle with cervical cancer.

Max said he and Jack, 21, would be among people paying tribute at the service.

“The whole service is very much the way Jade wanted it,” he said. “It will be very much a Jade Goody event.”

Mr Clifford said many wedding guests would be in the funeral congregation.

“I think a lot of the people that were at the wedding will be in the church,” he said.

“The church holds about 300 and there were 300 people in the evening of the wedding. They were the closest people to her. And I’m sure there’ll be an awful lot of other people lining the route and wanting to pay their respects.”

Mr Clifford added that Jade Goody’s lasting legacy will be the saving of young women’s lives.

He said: “Jade’s legacy, almost certainly will be there’s a lot of young women in Britain whose lives have been saved because of Jade.”

“In many years to come, there will be an awful lot of women who’ve got an awful lot to thank Jade Goody for…and that will be Jade’s legacy.”

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