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Fans hold memorial for George Michael

Press Association logoPress Association 30/04/2017 Nina Massey

George Michael fans have finally been able to pay their respects to the star at the first public memorial for the singer.

The Service of Thanksgiving in Bushey, Hertfordshire - where he grew up - was attended by hundreds of people who travelled from across the world. The singer, 53, died of natural causes at his home in Goring-on-Thames last December.

Held at St James The Apostle church, it featured some of his best known hits including Jesus to a Child and Wham! hit Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.

It was followed by a wake at the Three Crowns pub, where the band was formed.

George Michael Appreciation Group founder Tracey Wills, who organised the event, said: "I have always been a fan and I decided that I was going to do something for him because he has done so much for everyone else.

"The turnout was incredible. I can't believe it. People have come from Spain and Malta.

"George left such a mark on a lot people and I felt like we needed to do something for him. The fans needed somewhere to grieve.

"I put this together for George, for the fans. I wish his family were here to be able to see this."

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