Barbara Windsor’s funeral takes place this Friday as Ross Kemp prepares for a laudatory speech.
The EastEnders legend, who sadly passed away last month at the age of 83, is buried in the Golders Green Crematorium in London.
Only 30 mourners, including husband Scott Mitchell, can pay their respects to the late star due to coronavirus restrictions.
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Barbara Windsor: Who Will Attend the Funeral?
Last month, close friend Christopher Biggins announced that he would be speaking at Bab’s funeral.
When he showed up on Steph’s packed lunch, the star said, “Steph, what I have to tell you is – I wish if we all died we would have looked down 24 hours to hear what people are saying about us .
“Because Barbara would have loved it. I have never seen an outcry from everyone that she died.
“She was the most extraordinary woman and she was a friend of mine for 40 years and she was so special.”
Commenting on the funeral, Biggins said, “I am very honored that you can only have 30 people at the funeral.
“I am one of the speakers. Anna Karen is talking about her early life, I am talking about the middle part of her life.
Ross from EastEnders talks about this part of her life
“Horse [Kemp] from EastEnders talks about this part of her life. It’s going to be very, very sad.
“I wish there was some way to record it so people can see it online.”
Ross Kemp pays tribute to former co-star Barbara
Shortly after her death, EastEnder’s co-star Ross took to Instagram to share a heartfelt tribute.
The 56-year-old, who previously played Barbara’s son Grant Mitchell in the BBC soap, posted a snapshot alongside his former colleague ‘Bar’.
He wrote: “Dame Barbara Windsor, the woman who always had time for everyone, has unfortunately left us. I will always miss Bar.
“My thoughts are with her husband Scott who couldn’t have done more and who stayed strong for her until the end.”
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Meanwhile, husband Scott previously admitted that he “can’t believe she isn’t here”.
Just a week after she died, Scott said, “I can’t believe she was here a week ago and not now. There is the cycle of life. I don’t think I can believe it anymore to be honest. “
Barbara died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Despite the tragedy, it was revealed that donations to Alzheimer Research have increased by 300 percent.
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