Barbara Windsor’s funeral to take place this week with Ross Kemp giving eulogy

Dame Barbara Windor 's funeral is taking place this Friday and longtime pal Ross Kemp is giving the star's eulogy.

The 83-year-old acting legend, who starred in EastEnders and the Carry On films, died last month following a tragic six-year long battle against her Alzheimer's.

On Friday, a small amount of guests, 30 mourners, will gather at Golders Green Crematorium in London.

Only a small amount are allowed to attend funerals amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Barbara's close friend Christopher Biggins confirmed shortly after her death that he will be attending her funeral.

The star also revealed that Barbara's friend Ross Kemp will be reading an eulogy on the day.

Speaking on the funeral last month on Steph's Packed Lunch, Christopher 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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Following her death, a Just Giving page has been set up by fans to raise money for Alzeimer's Research UK.

So far, over £100,000 has been donated to the charity in Barbara, who played Peggy Mitchel on the BBC soap EastEnders, name.

It's also believed that bingo site JackpotJoy, which Barbara worked for, has donated £83,000.

Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell said he was stunned by fan's generosity.

Scott said told The Sun: "I have been completely overwhelmed by the response from Barbara's fans, friends and former colleagues.

"This outpouring of support has filled me with pride and been a huge comfort to me. It just shows how loved, respected and adored my Barbara was. That's magical.

"I'm determined to honour her legacy by doing everything I can to support dementia research and help Alzheimer's Research UK's search for a cure."

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