Barbara Windsor’s funeral confirmed for this week with Ross Kemp ‘set to make speech’
Dame Barbara Windsor died following a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease in December 2020. It’s now been confirmed the ex EastEnders star will be cremated at a private ceremony, held at Golders Green Crematorium this Friday.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus, the number of mourners attending and invited to the private ceremony is limited.
A JustGiving page set up as a tribute to the late Carry On actress, and in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK, has raised nearly £140,000 so far.
Barbara’s friend Christopher Biggins revealed he and Ross Kemp, who played the actress’ son Grant Mitchell in EastEnders, will be making a speech at the funeral, last month.
Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch, he said: “I’m very honoured because you can only have 30 people at the funeral, and I am one of the speakers.
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“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.”
Barbara’s long-term husband Scott Mitchell confirmed her death in a statement on December 22.
He said: “It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that my darling wife Barbara passed away at 8.35pm on Thursday 10th December at a London Care Home.
He added: “Thank you to all the drs, nurses and carers who are angels at the Care Home for your kindness and care to Barbara and I throughout her stay with you.
“You are my heroes.”
Scott went on to describe Barbara as his “best friend and soul mate”.
He added: “My heart or life will never feel the same without you.”
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