Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of a traveller killed while riding his horse and cart.

A life size tribute to Mikey Connors made out of flowers became the centrepiece of the funeral display and the cortege included 16 white Rolls Royce Phantoms.

Mikey, 30, died after being hit by a car at high speed in south east London last month.

His horse had to be put down because of the injuries it sustained in the crash.

Mourners, including Mikey’s Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star uncle Paddy Doherty, arrived at St Michael’s Catholic Church in Ashtead, Surrey in the cars adorned with blue flags.

The flags read: ‘Mikey Connors, our legend, one in a billion, king of the road.’

The funeral car, a white Mercedes, then brought Mikey’s coffin to the church where hundreds of people had gathered outside.

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TV star Doherty was one of 10 pall bearers to carry the coffin along a red carpet at the end of the service.

He was seen weeping after the coffin had been placed inside a white horse-drawn hearse.

A young girl and boy – believed to be Mikey’s children – had led the procession.

The burial is due to take place two-and-a-half miles away, at Epsom and Ewell cemetery.

A lavish send-off – complete with symbolic memories of the racer’s life – was planned.

Mikey lost his life after a car hit his horse-and-cart in Thamesmead, on July 28.

A man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and was released under investigation.

A police spokesman said: ‘The driver of the car, a 30-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving.

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‘Officers from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) are leading the investigation.

‘We are appealing for witnesses to come forward; in particular, motorists who may have dash-cam footage.’

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