A CLASH between travellers at the wake of Paddy Doherty’s horse trainer nephew was sparked by a married man eyeing up another woman, witnesses claim.
The argument involved around 50 mourners surging down the street outside the Edmund Tylney pub in Leatherhead last night.
Two men, who are not pictured, were trading blows in the middle of the melee as women and children screamed over the scrap.
Later one woman could be heard saying her husband had been eyeing up another mourner at the funeral wake – sparking the fight.
The offending husband was later seen holding a young crying boy and shouting: “look what you’ve made me do!”
A witness said: “The argument had been going for a while and then it just kicked off. One woman was screaming at her husband for looking at another woman and then her bloke came up and all hell broke loose with punches flying all over.”
Onlookers rushed in to prevent the row from boiling over[/caption]
A police officer spoke to bystanders[/caption]
Celeb big Brother winner Paddy, 59, and Mary Connors, the grieving mum of killed Mikey, were seen drinking at the booze-fuelled wake.
Staff closed the pub early at 10pm and asked the couple of hundred travellers to leave with the help of cops who were on the scene.
One said today: “They just invaded the town and it was too much.
“They were all over here and it just had to stop after the fight so we shut up early and asked them to leave.”
People had been celebrating Mikey’s life at the wake when tempers flared and rows spilled into the street[/caption]
Mourners had taken over the surrounding pubs and restaurants while youngsters ran around the streets in Leatherhead’s usually sleepy town centre.
Women dressed in glamorous outfits were knocking back bottles of wine at the wake and on the street outside while the men drank pints of Guinness and beer.
The festivities had been peaceful until the scrap broke out just after 9pm.
Children were heard screaming “mummy, mummy, mummy” as glass shattered on the street but the situation appeared to have been defused by 9.30pm.
A number of police cars raced to the scene after the arguments exploded[/caption]
Six police cars and a van were on the scene in minutes for what officers today described as a “disturbance involving a large group of people”.
They had also warned the Met Police to watch out for any trouble from mourners heading into nearby Kingston but there were no further reports of violence in the town.
Mikey’s funeral casket had been engraved with crown which mourners claim was adorned with £100,000 of jewels – in honour of his nickname as “The King of the Road”.
Mikey, 32, was killed in a horse and cart race last month.
Paddy Doherty was overcome by emotion as he is faced with the coffin of his nephew, Mikey Connors[/caption]
Paddy sobbed as he joined the huge crowd of mourners at his nephew’s funeral[/caption]
He proudly held Mikey’s boxing gloves aloft as the large crowd paid tribute to him[/caption]
More than 2,000 people brought the Surrey stockbroker town of Ashtead to a standstill as a fleet of 16 white Rolls Royces drove Paddy and pals to the service yesterday.
Mourners then travelled to Epsom racecourse and blocked off the road with their Range Rovers, waving on local traffic, to hold a horse and trap race before the burial.
The suited travellers raced their traps up and down the road yelling “go on, Mikey Connors” and “this is how we send Mikey off!” as the horses hurtled along the road.
The Mercedes funeral hearse, with 32-year-old Connors’s coffin still inside, raced alongside the traps with youngsters and his mum Mary leaning out the window to shout Mikey’s name.
Paddy is seen here holding up his nephew’s coffin[/caption]
Devastated friends and family members embraced the carriage carrying the coffin[/caption]
Horses raced ahead of the hearse to pay tribute to Mikey[/caption]
The hearse then joined the eight horse-carts as they raced at high speed along the road dotted by police officers.
Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty stood in the road shouting ‘oi, oi’ to keep the parade together as the horse-carts were flanked by the white Mercedes.
Meanwhile a small aircraft circled overhead with a giant banner reading “Mikey Connors – Legend – RIP” before the coffin was transferred to a horse-drawn carriage on its way to the cemetery.
His pale-blue coffin was inscribed with the words “our one in a billion” and took centre stage of the emotional tribute with his mum Mary weeping over the casket alongside his young wife Lizzie.
Mourners leaned out of the hearse carrying Mikey’s coffin[/caption]
Family and friends gathered to pay tribute to the popular traveller[/caption]
Yesterday, Paddy paid tribute to Mikey – remembering him as a “fighter, singer, dancer”.
Wiping tears from his eyes after the service, Paddy told The Sun: “Mikey was just like Father Christmas – everybody loved him. It was a hugely emotional service with tears everywhere.
“He wasn’t a five star bloke, he was a twenty star bloke. His daughter said in the church, ‘I know my daddy will have the best time in heaven because he always had the best of everything.’
“We weren’t allowed to cry at my father’s funeral because that’s what he asked for and the way he was. But my father wasn’t there today so everyone was crying their eyes out.”
Mikey loved to race horses, and a number of riders raced their steeds along the road his coffin was driven down[/caption]
Riders in their funeral outfits raced up and down an Epsom road[/caption]
Paddy Doherty pictured walking next to the coffin of his nephew[/caption]
A line of Rolls Royces arrive for the lavish send off for the beloved traveller[/caption]
There were flowers adorning large photos of Mikey and his family – from holidays to Universal Studios to smiling family portraits with Paddy.
Written on one tribute to Mikey was “352 World Record” – possibly relating to horsecart racing – clearly a major part of Mikey’s 30-year-long life.
There was also a small white bungalow of flowers with a black roof and brown trim – written on top was ‘may you get the best bed in heaven’.
A Rolex watch was made of brown flowers – displaying the time of 2.46, with the date ’21’.
Mikey Connors with his champion horse Big T – the pair were both killed when they were hit by a car[/caption]
A banner paying tribute to Mikey was pulled through the sky[/caption]
The Celeb Big Brother winner was overcome with emotion[/caption]
The coffin was held on the shoulders of ten smartly dressed men as a young girl and boy – believed to be Mikey’s children, led the procession.
They held a ‘WBC’ boxing belt and a framed photo of Mikey kissing a small child.
A woman followed the coffin with a speaker, which played ‘A Place in the Sun’ by Stevie Wonder, followed by ‘Shotgun’ by George Ezra.
Some of the crowd sang along, while other pumped the air with their hands.
Mourners were requested to dress in outfits fit for a summer ball[/caption]
The large crowd walked behind a cortege of white horses[/caption]
The funeral of dad-of-two Mikey – who had been regarded as a “hero” and “brilliant fighter” by fellow travellers – was under tight police security.
Cops were pictured trying to control the traffic yesterday morning as a fleet of 16 Rolls Royce Phantom cars arrived at St Michaels Church in Ashtead.
The cortege was made up of white Rolls-Royce cars with blue flags on top, which brought traffic to a standstill after driving the mourners to the church.
Mikey’s horse Big T, killed in the same crash which led to the arrest of a man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, was also commemorated at the ceremony with flowers in his name.
A red carpet led the way to Mikey’s burial plot[/caption]
Grieving family and friends take a moment before they pay their final farewell to Mikey[/caption]
A flag declaring Mikey ‘our legend’ fluttered from one of the many Rolls Royces cars arriving at the funeral[/caption]
Mikey, left, with his cousin, who left an emotional message on a photo of the pair of them[/caption]
Multiple floral tributes have been created for the funeral – where thousands of people are expected to attend[/caption]
A floral tribute made in the shape of a pony and trap is seen at the cemetery ahead of the funeral of traveller Mikey Connors[/caption]
Tragic Mikey – a lookalike for his famous TV uncle Paddy – was revered as a champion horse trainer who ran a stud farm near to his burial place.
Police mounted a huge security operation to prevent any violence as travellers arrived from across the world for the big send-off yesterday morning.
At the funeral mourners were asked to be dressed fit for a summer ball by wearing powder blue outfits – Mikey’s favourite colour.
Women arrived in striking dresses, high heels and traditional costume jewellery – while the men donned shades, smart suits and slicked-back hair.
Travellers came from as far afield as America and Switzerland to pay their respects to the 32-year-old.
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At the time of his death friends and family took to social media to pay tribute to the dad.
Brother Simey Connors wrote: “I promised you (to) stay strong Mikey.
“It’s getting harder already you don’t understand how much I miss you brother.”
Another friend added: “Such a huge loss and all we can live for is memories and remember the smiles he gave everyone.”
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