Biggins wears pink at Lynda funeral

Published: Monday 3rd November 2014 by The News Editor

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Christopher Biggins was among the stars of the showbiz world gathering today to say goodbye to actress Lynda Bellingham at her funeral.

The TV star, wearing a bright pink suit and pale shirt, was accompanied to the service at St Bartholomew’s Church in Crewkerne, Somerset, by his partner, Neil Sinclair.

Asked about his suit, Biggins replied: “She (Lynda) would like this, put a smile on her face.”

Many of the guests arriving at the church were carrying umbrellas due to the rain, as more than 100 members of the public lined the path outside the church to pay their respects.

Bellingham had asked for a lively send-off, so her husband, Michael Pattemore, has lined up a string of acts to make the funeral a Royal Variety-style celebration of the much-loved actress’s life.

Her friend, former Archdeacon of London Peter Delaney MBE, is leading the service at the church, which holds 300 guests.

A memorial service will take place in London in February next year.

Among the showbiz stars gathering for the funeral were Loose Women Coleen Nolan, Jane McDonald, Andrea McLean and Kate Thornton, as well as Julia Sawalha, Coronation Street’s Gail Worth, Robert Lindsay, Giles Brandreth and Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes.

Also attending was her screen husband from the hit Oxo adverts, Michael Redfern.

The actress, who died of cancer last month, was 66.

Published: Monday 3rd November 2014 by The News Editor

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