Kerry & Her Voice Now Have Wings to Fly, Love Susan Boyle; Stars Pay Tribute to Their Inspirational X Factor Friend

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Kerry & Her Voice Now Have Wings to Fly, Love Susan Boyle; Stars Pay Tribute to Their Inspirational X Factor Friend


Byline: Kevan Christie

THE young son of X Factor finalist Kerry McGregor led the mourners at her funeral yesterday.

With his shirt hanging out and an oversized knot in his black tie, six-year-old Joshua gripped his dad's hand as he bravely walked behind his mum's coffin to a church packed with 400 friends and relatives.

Inside, Kerry's voice rang out - a recording of her singing Nat King Cole's Smile was played during the service, in accordance with her last wishes.

Singing star Susan Boyle, who sent a wreath, summed up the mood of the congregation with a message which read: "Kerry and her voice now have wings to fly."

Sharon Osbourne, who was Kerry's mentor on X Factor, also sent flowers and a note saying: "Kerry, rest in peace. With love."

But it was Joshua's floral tribute, simply spelling out "Mum" which was the most poignant.

Wheelchair-bound Kerry died last week from bladder cancer.

The crowds who filled the Kirk of Calder in Mid Calder, West Lothian, heard how the 37-year-old had been an inspiration to many.

Reverend John Povey said: "Kerry had a very determined spirit and would never let her own problems hold her back in achieving.

"Much has been said about Kerry, in particular the inspiration she has given to others, her positive outlook and a tremendous capacity for seeing the good in others.

"She was one of those people who encourages others and she used her own talents, not just to entertain, but to inspire."

Kerry and SuBo had been due to record a duet of Wings To Fly and a recording of Boyle's performance was played during the service.

Kerry's mum Margaret sat on a front pew comforting Joshua and his dad, property developer Dean Robertson.

Tributes were also paid by Kerry's friend Tom O'Rourke, who was her first boss when she was an office junior in Livingston.

He said: "Kerry leaves behind an amazing legacy through her tremendous charity work, her music, her songs and her memories.

"Kerry made us all so proud, captivating everyone on The X Factor."

Kerry, who lived with Dean and Joshua in Pumpherston, West Lothian, faced many battles in her life. …

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