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BYE BARB: Ross Kemp To Attend Funeral of EastEnders Star Dame Babs Windsor 

THE FUNERAL of Dame Barbara Windsor is due to take place in London.

The beloved actress, known for her work in the Carry On films and EastEnders, died in December at the age of 83. She had suffered from dementia.

One of Britain’s most beloved entertainment stars, she first found fame in her role as a buxom blonde in the Carry On films and later became a household name playing Peggy Mitchell, the Queen Vic’s battle-axe landlady in BBC soap EastEnders.

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Dame Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014 and made the news public in 2018.

She will be cremated at a private ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium in London on Friday afternoon and numbers will be limited because of coronavirus.

Fellow EastEnders star Ross Kemp, who played her onscreen son, is among those expected to attend while pantomime performer and close friend Christopher Biggins has said he will be delivering a eulogy.

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Dame Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.

She and her husband Scott Mitchell have been widely praised for their work raising awareness of dementia after the actress went public with her diagnosis in 2018.

A JustGiving page set up as a tribute to Dame Barbara and in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK has raised more £145,000, reaching more than £150,000 with Gift Aid, and people have the option of donating in lieu of flowers.

Alzheimer’s Research UK said it had seen a spike in donations since her death.

Additional Reporting by PA Media 

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