Happy Mondays star Paul Ryder laid to rest: Shaun Ryder pays tribute at funeral for bassist’s brother

The family, friends and old bandmates of Happy Mondays’ Paul Ryder have paid tribute to the star bassist to rest at his funeral this afternoon.

Mourners arrived at St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester, at 1pm this afternoon for the ceremony celebrating Paul Anthony Ryder’s life after he suddenly died aged 58 on July 15.

The musician was found dead last month, just hours before the band were due to play at the Kubix Festival in Sunderland. The circumstances of Paul’s death are not known.

In attendance were former bandmates Bez, 58, and brother Shaun Ryder, 59, Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown, 59, and Peter Hook, 66, bassist and co-founder of New Order and Joy Division.

The family, friends and old bandmates of Happy Mondays bassist Paul Ryder have laid their loved one to rest at his funeral this afternoon.  Pictured center, Paul's brother Shaun Ryder, carrying the coffin

The family, friends and old bandmates of Happy Mondays bassist Paul Ryder have laid their loved one to rest at his funeral this afternoon. Pictured center, Paul’s brother Shaun Ryder, carrying the coffin

Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown, 59 (pictured) was at the funeral this afternoon

Former bandmate Bez, 58 (pictured), was in attendance at the funeral on Thursday

In attendance was Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown, 59 (left) and former bandmate Bez, 58 (right), at St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester, this afternoon

The musician was found dead last month, just hours before the band were due to play at the Kubix Festival in Sunderland.  The circumstances of Paul's death are not known.  Pictured, Clint Boon, left, and Peter Hook, center, at the funeral today

The musician was found dead last month, just hours before the band were due to play at the Kubix Festival in Sunderland. The circumstances of Paul’s death are not known. Pictured, Clint Boon, left, and Peter Hook, center, at the funeral today

Singer Rowetta, 56 (pictured), best known for her work with Happy Mondays, was also seen outside the church on Thursday

Singer Rowetta, 56 (pictured), best known for her work with Happy Mondays, was also seen outside the church on Thursday

Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch sang at the service for Paul.

Musician, DJ and radio presenter Clint Boon, 63, and singer Rowetta, 56, best known for her work with Happy Mondays, were also seen outside the church on Thursday.

Other members of his family and friends were seen outside the Church in Swinton this afternoon, in a service by Father Paul Smith, which will be followed by a committal at Agecroft Crematorium in Salford.

Paul’s wooden coffin was decorated in yellow, purple, pink and blue flowers and was taken to the ceremony in a black Mercedes hearse.

Other members of his family and friends were seen outside the Church in Swinton this afternoon, in a service by Father Paul Smith, which will be followed by a committal at Agecroft Crematorium in Salford.  Pictured by Shaun Ryder

Other members of his family and friends were seen outside the Church in Swinton this afternoon, in a service by Father Paul Smith, which will be followed by a committal at Agecroft Crematorium in Salford. Pictured by Shaun Ryder

Paul Ryder's funeral order of service at St Charles Church in Swinton

The recessional music listed on Paul's funeral order of service was Starman by David Bowie, which is listed just above a picture of the late 58-year-old when he was performing at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil in February 1991

The recessional music listed on Paul’s funeral order of service was Starman by David Bowie, which is listed just above a picture of the late 58-year-old when he was performing at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil in February 1991

Mourners arrived at St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester, at 1pm this afternoon for the ceremony celebrating Paul Anthony Ryder's life after he suddenly died aged 58 on July 15. Pictured, Shaun Ryder

Mourners arrived at St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester, at 1pm this afternoon for the ceremony celebrating Paul Anthony Ryder’s life after he suddenly died aged 58 on July 15. Pictured, Shaun Ryder

Paul's wooden coffin was decorated in yellow, purple, pink and blue flowers and was taken to the ceremony in a black Mercedes hearse

Paul’s wooden coffin was decorated in yellow, purple, pink and blue flowers and was taken to the ceremony in a black Mercedes hearse

The hearse carrying Paul Ryder and the rest of the funeral procession parked outside St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester this afternoon

The hearse carrying Paul Ryder and the rest of the funeral procession parked outside St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester this afternoon

The Ryder brothers were the original founders of the rock band Happy Mondays that first formed in Salford in 1980.

Paul Ryder was on bass, and the group’s music joined the indie rock music scene of Manchester in the 1980s with the up-and-coming UK rave scene.

Some of their greatest hits were Bummed, Madchester Rave on, Rills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches, the last of which went platinum in the UK, selling over a million records.

They won the Best Dance Record for Wrote For Luck at the 1989 NME Awards, and the Best LP Award for Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches the following year.

Happy Mondays was also nominated for Best British Newcomer and Best British Group at the Brit Awards in 1991, and

Peter Hook, bassist and co-founder of rock bands Joy Division and New Order, is pictured at the funeral of Paul Ryder in Swinton, Manchester on Thursday afternoon

Peter Hook, bassist and co-founder of rock bands Joy Division and New Order, is pictured at the funeral of Paul Ryder in Swinton, Manchester on Thursday afternoon

Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch sang at the service for Paul

Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch sang at the service for Paul

Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch sang at the service for Paul Ryder this afternoon, who died aged 58 last month

Former bandmate Bez is pictured arriving at the funeral of Paul Ryder at St Charles Church in Manchester on Thursday afternoon after the 58-year-old was found dead last month, hours before they were meant to play a gig together

Former bandmate Bez is pictured arriving at the funeral of Paul Ryder at St Charles Church in Manchester on Thursday afternoon after the 58-year-old was found dead last month, hours before they were meant to play a gig together

Paul has previously been very open about his addiction battles in the early days of the band and used heroin.

After their heyday in the late 80s and early 90s, Paul struggled with heroin addictions.

He told The Mirror in 2019: ‘We couldn’t have Calpol for the kids. I’d drink the lot.’

In a candid interview in 2007, he said of the drug use: ‘It was wild. I was 18 and recording an album. I’d learned how to read and write at school, but my real education began with the Mondays.

When he died, Happy Mondays paid tribute with a Facebook post which read: ‘The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning.

‘A true pioneer and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.’

Shaun Ryder shakes the hand of Father Paul Smith who leads the service for his brother's funeral in Swinton, Manchester, today

Shaun Ryder shakes the hand of Father Paul Smith who leads the service for his brother’s funeral in Swinton, Manchester, today

Following the news of Paul’s death, fans and showbiz stars rushed to offer their condolences on social media.

The band Fat Cops wrote on Twitter: ‘RIP Paul Ryder, who was a good friend to us when we toured with Happy Mondays. Hell of a bass player.’

Founding member of Oasis Paul Arthurs shared: ‘Thoughts with you all Shaun, sad news xxxxx.’

While musician Rob Smith shared: ‘RIP Paul Ryder.’

DJ Grahame Park added: ‘No! Very sad news. Sorry for your loss. Sending love.’

UB40’s Ali Campbell offered his sympathy adding: ‘Condolences to you and yours Shaun! Stay strong, Big Love.’

Honest: Paul has previously been very open about his addiction battles in the early days of the band and used heroin (pictured with Shaun)

Honest: Paul has previously been very open about his addiction battles in the early days of the band and used heroin (pictured with Shaun)

Personal life: As well as Chico and Sonny Paul has two other children Amelia and Jacob.  It is not known whether he was married or not (Paul pictured in 2012)

Personal life: As well as Chico and Sonny Paul has two other children Amelia and Jacob. It is not known whether he was married or not (Paul pictured in 2012)

.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.