Tributes to blaze-death children

The funeral cortege of the Philpott children arrive at St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby

The funeral cortege of the Philpott children on the way to St Mary's RC Church on Bridgegate, Derby

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A church was packed out today as friends and family gathered to say their farewells to six children who died in a fire at their house.

Hundreds gathered for the Catholic requiem mass at St Mary's Church in Derby for the service for Jade and her five brothers Duwayne, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden, who were said to have doted on each other.

Tributes paid to the children, whose bodies arrived at the church in individual horse-drawn carriages, during the service spoke of how they looked after each other and took on various roles such as "protector" and "mother hen".

Crowds gathered outside in Derby city centre while inside the 350-seat church was packed to capacity, with many standing through the 90-minute service.

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