- *Parents Mick and Mairead who have been charged with murdering all six children in the blaze did not attend funeral
- *Mourners told to wear bright colours
- *Horses wore pink and blue plumes of feathers instead of traditional black
- *Each child's coffin bore their name in either pink or blue and an emblem including toy soldiers and a pink princess
- *Order of service described each child's personality and their quirks
- *Hundreds gathered for funeral, a 90-minute requiem mass with prayers and poems
- *Canon Alan Burbidge: 'There is sadness in parting, but we take comfort in the hope that one day we shall see them again and enjoy their friendship'
- *Children will be buried in Chaddesden cemetery during a private service for the family
By AMY OLIVER
They were told to wear bright colours in order to celebrate the lives of six innocent children killed after a house fire tore through their home.
But mourners could not contain their grief when the six little white coffins containing the bodies of the Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six and five-year-old Jayden Philpott arrived on horse-drawn carriages at St Mary's Catholic Church in Derby town centre this morning.
Jade and four of her brothers died when the devastating fire engulfed their home in Allenton, Derby, in the earlier hours of May 11. Their older brother Duwayne died two days later in Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Hundreds of family members, friends and members of the public wishing to pay their respects gathered at the church and on a foot bridge opposite to watch as the funeral cortege arrived.
The hearse carrying Jade's coffin had led the procession with a horse sporting a pink plume of feathers. Five more carriages with horses wearing blue feathers followed, carrying Jade's brothers.
The children's parents Mick, 55, and Mairead, 31, who have been charged with murdering all six in the May 11 blaze, were not allowed to attend the funeral.
Respect: A man throws rose petals over Jade Philpott's coffin as her step brother Mikey, (bottom left) helps to carry it out of St Mary's Catholic Church in Derby town centre following the children's funeral service
Emotional: Pallbearers had tears in their eyes as they carried the Children's coffins out of the church while family and friends sobbed and hugged each other
Final journey: The children will now be taken to Nottingham Road Cemetery, Chaddesden to be buried in a private service for the family
Tragic end: Five of the six children died in the blaze at the semi-detached house in Allenton, Derby, in the early hours of May 11. Duwayne died two days later in Birmingham Children's Hospital
As the drizzle fell and onlookers wept, the children's coffins were lifted gently out and up onto the shoulders of more than 20 pallbearers as they slowly made their way into the church. Jade's step-brother Mikey, 14, looked devastated as he helped to carry her coffin.
Each coffin bore the child's name in blue for the boys and pink for Jade, who also had a pink princess printed on the front. The boys also had emblems on their coffins, each different, a fitting tribute to their personalities. John's featured a picture of toy soldiers, Duwayne's the Derby County emblem.
Jade, obviously a big fan of pink had a spray of crimson roses on top of her coffin, while the boys had yellow and white flowers. Family members and friends wept as they threw yellow roses in front of the procession before it disappeared into the church.