Tom Parker's fans line the streets ahead of funeral

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Tom Parker's fans gathered outside a church in Petts Wood, south-east London on Wednesday morning to bid farewell to the late singer ahead of a private funeral service.

The Wanted singer passed away on 30 March at the age of 33 following a battle with brain cancer and he will be laid to rest at a private celebration of life service on Wednesday morning.

While only close friends and family were allowed to attend the service, Tom's widow Kelsey encouraged his fans to line the streets on the route to the St Francis of Assisi church and watch the service from outside.

"There will be a private celebration of life on Wednesday 20th April," the mother-of-two shared on Instagram. "We know many of you would like to pay your respects as well, so would love for you to join us in Petts Wood from 10am.

"It would be beautiful to have everyone line the route as we head to our private service. You are then welcome to join us outside the church for the duration where the service will be relayed on screens."

Photographs obtained by Metro show fans gathered nearby the church, with a few wearing personalised T-shirts bearing Tom's name, the dates "1988-2022" and the words "this man was a legend" alongside an illustration of wings, a heart and a halo.

Decorative flowers reading "Glad You Came", a nod to The Wanted's biggest smash hit, were also laid out in front of the church.

Tom was diagnosed with an inoperable glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain tumour, in October 2020. He is survived by Kelsey and their children Aurelia and Bodhi.

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