The funeral of Gogglebox favourite Mary Cook took place on Friday morning, with the TV star even singing at the service.

Fans of the hit Channel 4 show were left devastated in August when it was announced that Mary had passed away at the age of 92.

Adored by millions across the country for her quick-witted reactions to TV shows with close friend Marina Wingrove, she was celebrated by her family as she took her final journey to South Bristol Cemetery and Crematorium.

Mary's family shared the poignant details of the service with OK!, including how the late star was heard singing a rendition of Frank Sinatra's Fly Me to the Moon as her white coffin arrived at the cemetery, with her later singing My Way as the mourners reflected.

As the service drew to a close, Mary was heard singing for a final time with a cover of Audrey Hepburn's Moon River.

Mary's granddaughter Nikki Ind, 53, told OK! ahead of the service: "On her 80th birthday my mum and I paid for her to go into a recording studio and she recorded those three songs.

"We have always said since that, 'We will play those at your funeral, nan.'

"She loved doing Gogglebox and loved being recognised in the street and would always chat to people. She was super bright and so quick-witted."

Following the opening prayer, funeral-goers sang the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Former Gogglebox director Bradley, who Mary saw as a son, then read an emotional poem in memory of her.

It said: "I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.

"I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.

"I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun; Of happy memories that I leave when life is done."

Speaking ahead of the emotional day, Nikki continued: "Some of the Gogglebox team are coming and certainly Bradley, he was like a son to her.


"She was really cheeky. I'd say the times I saw her on Gogglebox, I didn't see it often because I was living in Australia, if anything I would say that my nan was more comical.

"She should have been famous from a girl – it's funny how she didn't get famous until she was 87 but it suited her to the ground."

A eulogy detailed how she has been reunited with her two husbands; Jim, who passed away in a car crash aged 44, and Graham, who she spent over 30 years with before his death in 2009.

Clearly well travelled, the eulogy also told of Mary's trips on Mediterranean cruises to Jamaica, America, Malta, Majorca, Ibiza, Cyprus and Egypt.

Nikki reminisces: "She won about £4,000 on the bingo years ago when I was young, which was a lot of money back then.

"She was so generous with it and took her family on a cruise, bought things for my mum, a car for my dad.

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"She even went round putting five pound notes in all of the neighbours' letter boxes so whenever she had a win she would always share it."

Family member Janet read a second poem, urging mourners to not "be empty because you can’t see her," but to "be full of the love you shared."

"You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what she’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on," the touching poem finishes.

Her 14 year old great granddaughter Eva sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz before The Lord's Prayer was read.

Mary will be buried in a plot next to her grandson, Alex Phillips. who passed away earlier this year after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 46.

"I expected her to live another 10 years," Nikki continued. "I always said that she would outlive us all but sadly it wasn't meant to be."

Mary hopes her legacy will be to continue to support African children with cleft palates after death, asking friends and family to donate to Smile Train Africa.

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