Barbara Windsor’s emotional funeral as Ross Kemp and her husband pay respects
Barbara Windsor's funeral is taking place today and her lifelong friends Ross Kemp and Christopher Biggins have arrived to attend.
The beloved actress died in December at the age of 83 following a battle with Alzheimer's.
She is being cremated at a private ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium in London with only 30 guests attending amid the coronavirus pandemics restrictions on gathering.
Christopher was the first to arrive, wearing a long black coat and scarf, obscuring his face with a black mask.
Comedians David Walliams and Matt Lucas, of Little Britain fame, were also sighted outside the redbrick building.
The hearse arrived later, with a funeral procession moving behind the vehicle.
Flowers were arranged on top of the hearse, as the mourners quietly paid their respects to the star.
Lined up next to the coffin, a flower arrangement spelled out the word "saucy" in a tribute to the actress' famously charismatic personality.
Later, Ross could be seen lining up with the mourners, wearing a dark suit and a face mask.
Kemp, who played Barbara's son in EastEnders, is expected to read her eulogy today, according to Biggins.
Fellow EastEnders actor Jamie Borthwick, who plays Jay Brown on the BBC One soap, could be seen by his side, his hands folded as they looked to the crematorium.
Former EastEnders star Dean Gaffney, who left the soap as Robbie Jackson last year, was also seen paying his respects.
Her husband Scott led the procession, with the vicar wrapping his arm around the grieving husband as they moved into the church.
As her coffin was led into the church, Frank Sinatra’s On The Sunny Side of the Street was played in her honour.
In the final moments of the ceremony, Babs’ own song, Sparrows Can’t Sing is due to echo through the building.
Tragically Barbara was diagnosed with Dementia back in 2014 and her husband Scott Mitchell went public with the battle in 2018.
Speaking about the funeral last month on Steph's Packed Lunch, Biggins said: "I'm very honoured because you can only have 30 people at the funeral and I am one of the speakers.
"Anna Karen is speaking about her early life, I'm speaking about the middle part of her life, and Ross [Kemp] form EastEnders is talking about that part of her life.
"It will be very, very sad. I wish there was a way that we could record it so people can watch it online."
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