Vicky Pattison, Charlotte Crosby, Marnie Simpson and Scotty T have bid an emotional farewell to their late friend Paul Burns, who died suddenly after a night out with Vicky on June 2.
The bar manager, who was known locally as ‘Mr Newcastle’, was laid to rest at Saltwell Crematorium in Gateshead today, with the Geordie Shore stars of past and present paying their respects to their treasured friend.
Vicky and Charlotte both wore plaid shirts while Marnie went for an off-the-shoulder striped summer dress for the wake at Paul’s bar, the Botanist.
He was found dead in Newcastle just hours after celebrating a birthday with his best friend Vicky.
And in an outpouring of grief, she said she was ‘drowning’ in heartbreak after learning of his shock passing aged just 37.
"Grief is like an ocean, it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing… Sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming," she wrote on Instagram two days after the tragedy.
"All we can do is learn to swim… That’s how I feel now – overwhelmed and like I’m drowning in my own pain and grief. I’m not ready to accept the fact that we won’t laugh together again. I am not ready to believe you’re gone…
"The injustice of all of this is too much to bear and there’s nothing I wouldn’t give to be able to hear your voice again. We may have loved you Paul, but God loved you a lot more… I will think of you everyday my friend."
And her former co-star Charlotte admitted that she simply couldn’t believe he had gone.
"Words cannot describe the pain this weekend has brought. It still doesn’t feel real. I don’t want it to be real," she wrote on Instagram.
Sharing pictures of them enjoying happy times, she said the city would never be the same.
"I am so so so happy to be able to of shared some amazing memories with you that I will never ever forget. Without you Newcastle has lost its sparkle. My thoughts are with All of Paul’s family and best friends… RIP Paul burns… love you," she wrote.
Gaz Beadle revealed Paul was one of the first friends he made in Newcastle and paid tribute to his unending positivity.
"I actually can’t believe I am reading this on Facebook. Paul ‘Conrad’ Burns RIP literally loved by everyone never not smiling…" he wrote on Facebook.
"One of the first people I met out and about in Newcastle and never let you go past him without a big smile and a hug. Honestly can’t believe it taken way to early."
A candlelit vigil was held at local hot spot Tup Tup Palace last Thursday before today’s funeral.
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