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Amy Denman & Jamie Barlow

Ant McPartlin supports Declan Donnelly at brother Father Dermott Donnelly's funeral

Father Dermott Donnelly, the brother of Declan Donnelly, was laid to rest at his funeral on Friday (July 29). Loved ones were there in support of Britain's Got Talent star Dec, who was extremely close to his Catholic priest brother.

Father Dermott died at the age of 55 following serious illness. Dec was supported by wife Ali and his family. The funeral took place inside St Mary’s Cathedral in Dec's hometown of Newcastle.

The Mirror Online reports how Dec wore a black suit, waist coat and tie along with a white shirt as he gathered outside the cathedral in Newcastle alongside loved ones. A Requiem Mass, which was live-streamed on YouTube, was held for popular priest Father Dermott at the cathedral at 12pm.

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Dec's TV best friend Ant McPartlin was spotted arriving at the Newcastle cathedral ahead of the ceremony. He wore a black suit, white shirt and black tie while he was accompanied by his wife Anne-Marie.

A hearse carrying Father Donnelly's coffin was photographed heading to St Mary’s Cathedral, followed by a procession of black cars. The cathedral was packed with Dec's sibling's loved ones as they bid farewell to the beloved priest in a Catholic service.

Ant McPartlin and wife Anne-Marie Corbett at the funeral (Andy Commins / Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, those wishing to pay their respects to Father Dermott had been invited to use alternative spaces in person and virtually with it streamed online as well as being shown in nearby St Michael’s Church.

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