MMourners gathered today to say a final farewell to Dame Barbara Windsor.
The beloved actress, known for her work in the Carry On and EastEnders films, died in December at the age of 83. She suffered from dementia.
She was cremated in a private ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium in London with a limited number of mourners due to the coronavirus.
Dame Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.
David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Christopher Biggins were among the mourners seen arriving for the 45-minute service on Friday afternoon. Dame Barbara’s EastEnders co-star Ross Kemp was also there to pay tribute to her.
The funeral procession arrived around 2 p.m., with a group of three cars carrying large floral tributes to Lady Barbara.
A red and white display spelling out the words Babs, The Dame and Saucy was on display in the car carrying the actress’ coffin.
Scott Mitchell, who was married to Dame Barbara for 20 years, led the funeral procession.
Mr Mitchell arrived at the crematorium in the first funeral car, in front of a car containing his mother Rita Mitchell, who introduced the couple, and sister Marsha and brother-in-law Laurence, who make up his Covid bubble.
Dame Barbara and her husband have been widely praised for their work in raising awareness about dementia after the actress released her diagnosis in 2018.
A JustGiving page created to honor Dame Barbara and benefit Alzheimer’s Research UK has raised over £ 145,000, reaching over £ 150,000 with Gift Aid, and people have the option to donate instead of flowers.
Kate Lee, CEO of the Alzheimer Society, said: “We will be eternally grateful to Dame Barbara Windsor and her husband Scott Mitchell for sharing their experience with dementia so courageously and raising public awareness of what it is to experience this devastating disease, for those affected. dementia and their caregivers.
“Dame Barbara and Scott have both been instrumental in promoting social care by supporting our Fix Dementia Care campaign and raising vital funds for dementia research through Dementia Revolution – the Virgin Money Marathon charity partnership campaign. London’s most successful.