Funeral service for Keith Harris

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Published: Friday 8th May 2015 by The News Editor

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The funeral of ventriloquist Keith Harris, who found fame with his puppet duck, Orville, will take place today.

Harris, 67, entertained generations of children with his sidekick Orville, a bright green duck who wore a nappy and spoke in a high-pitched voice.

His other popular puppet was Cuddles the monkey whose catchphrase was ‘I Hate That Duck!’.

At the height of his fame, he was a regular on Saturday night television and put on private performances at birthday parties for Prince William and his brother Harry.

His 1982 single with Orville, I Wish I Could Fly, was a top five hit and sold more than 400,000 copies.

Harris, who married four times and had three children, was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and became ill again in January.

He died in hospital in Blackpool, Lancashire, on April 28.

The memorial service will take place at Sacred Heart RC Church in the resort from noon, followed by a private burial.

Published: Friday 8th May 2015 by The News Editor

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