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Local people and politicians watched as Goody’s funeral procession began in Bermondsey, southeast London.
The cortege travelled to Upshire, Essex, where she died of cervical cancer aged 27 last month.
Family and friends will attend St John the Baptist Church, in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, for the funeral. Goody will be buried at a private service after the funeral.
Floral tributes made reference to Goody’s best-known gaffes, with “East Angular” and “Minging” among the arrangements.
There was also a wreath in the shape of a jar of Marmite. Jade once likened herself to the spread, saying people either loved her or hated her.
The procession stopped outside a market on Southwark Park Road, where her family used to have a stall.
Funeral director Barry Albin-Dyer released a single white dove, which was greeted by loud cheering and applause.
He told the crowd: “I knew you’d be like this. I knew you’d come and say goodbye like this. So from everyone in Bermondsey, goodbye.”
Mr Albin-Dyer said Jade’s family wanted today’s funeral to raise awareness of the cancer that killed her.
He said: “They wanted me to tell people today that this is just an extension of bringing further awareness to the situation.
“Had Jade been found to have cervical cancer much earlier, she’d have had such a better chance. That is the message they want to give to everybody.”
The mother-of two married Jack Tweed, 21, at a ceremony in a hotel near Hatfield Heath, Essex, on February 22 after being told that she had only weeks to live.
Her friend and publicist Max Clifford said he and Tweed would be among people paying tribute at the service.
Mr Clifford said: “I’m sure it will be a very emotional celebration and tribute to a very special young lady. I think Jade would want people to be laughing and crying and I’m sure they will be.”
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