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Barbara Windsor funeral plans as Ross Kemp and Christopher Biggins give eulogies

Ex- EastEnders and Carry On star Dame Barbara Windsor died last week following a battle with Alzheimer's at the age of 83.

And now her lifelong dear friend, actor and writer Christopher Biggins, has revealed what the plans are for her funeral.

Current Covid rules mean Christopher is one of the 30 people attending Barbara's funeral after being close friends with her for more than four decades.

Speaking on Thursday on Steph's Packed Lunch, he remarked to host Steph McGovern that he is "honoured" to be invited.

The actor also said Barbara would be "chuffed" to hear what people have had to say about her since she died.

He told Steph: "Steph, what I have to say to you is – I wish that when we die, all of us – we had 24 hours looking down to hear what people say about us.

"Because Barbara would have been thrilled. I have never seen an outcry of horror from everybody that she died.

"She was the most extraordinary woman and she was a friend of mine for 40 years and she was so special.

"We went on holiday together and we did shows around the country."

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Christopher continued: "We've been everywhere. She was extraordinary."

The star then spoke of how Barbara's beloved husband Scott Mitchell handled his wife while she was ill.

Christopher said: "Her husband Scott is an angel, he's a saint… he has been fantastic and it has been awful for him because with her condition, I didn't realise with Alzheimer's, you forget to eat and you forget to drink so that is how many people die with the condition.

"But he's always been there. Everybody poo-pooed that marriage because they said there was a huge amount of difference between their ages."

After he was asked if he'd been in touch with Scott, he added: "I have, 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] from 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. It's going to be a terrible day, it's in January but we're all there for him and for her. She was very special."

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.

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