Davy Jones: Family bid final farewell in Manchester
Published: 12th Mar 2012 16:57:32
The family of Monkees star Davy Jones have held a private memorial service in his birthplace of Manchester.
The service took place on Sunday at Lees Street Congregational Church in the Openshaw area, where Jones performed as a child in church plays.
Jones' wife and daughters travelled to join his British-based relatives after his funeral in Florida last week.
His niece Beverley Barber said: "We had a beautiful service, and a wonderful celebration of his life, as a family."
The actor and singer died from a heart attack at the end of February at his home in Florida. He moved from Manchester to the US in the mid-1960s.
Mrs Barber said the family wanted the service to be private, but added that a public event could be staged in the US or UK in the future.
"We needed a little bit of time on our own," she said. "From a family perspective we've said our goodbye.
"We managed to keep it very private and very personal. All his family together in one room. He'd have been thrilled to bits to see that."
Jones' wife Jessica took his ashes to Manchester, Mrs Barber added.
"He came home to Manchester," she said. "His ashes weren't scattered in Manchester although they were placed on his parents' grave for a little while."
The Monkees, often described as the first manufactured pop band, were put together in 1966 for a TV series which became hugely popular in the US and the UK.
They went on to have four number one US albums within a 13-month period.
At 17:05:48 in SportLeicester City manager Nigel Pearson insists he is not worried about his unresolved contract situation.
At 16:55:25 in SportHead coach Garry Monk says he will not consider his own future until Swansea City secure Premier League survival.
At 16:52:24 in EnglandA father whose son's life "ended abruptly" at Hillsborough had his dreams cut short through the "failures of others", an inquest was told.
At 16:52:17 in SportFormer Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing believes the entire city would be lifted if the Reds end their 24-year wait to win the league title.
At 16:51:11 in BusinessThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants minimum age restrictions and health warnings on e-cigarettes.
At 16:48:47 in HeadlinesJust two months ago the message on Syria was very simple.
At 16:44:30 in Northern IrelandA nurse in the Republic of Ireland who admitted taping a patient's mouth to keep him quiet has been given the Probation Act.
At 16:44:14 in ScotlandScottish retailer Scotmid has warned it does not anticipate "a meaningful retail upturn" this year after reporting a slump in operating profits.
At 16:38:29 in ScotlandPolice have appealed for witnesses after a man was assaulted in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh on Easter Monday.
At 16:37:22 in WalesA boy accused of raping a fellow pupil at a north Wales primary school has told a jury the alleged attack never happened.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Davy Jones: Family bid final farewell in Manchester [Online] (Updated 12th Mar 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1415890/Davy-Jones-Family-bid-final-farewell-in-Manchester [Accessed 24th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
A Moscow court has extended the house arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by another six months for violating its conditions.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said David Cameron is "right" to state that the UK is a "Christian country".
The number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank has warned.
A nurse in the Republic of Ireland who admitted taping a patient's mouth to keep him quiet has been given the Probation Act.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants minimum age restrictions and health warnings on e-cigarettes.
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson insists he is not worried about his unresolved contract situation.