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Funeral by Barry Chuckle: fans invited to greet Rotherham

Funeral by Barry Chuckle: fans invited to greet Rotherham

Barry Chuckle died at the age of 73 (Photo: PA)

Barry Chuckle, one-half of the comedy duo The Chuckle Brothers, died last week at the age of 73.

The funeral for the entertainment legend has been announced with hundreds of fans expected to travel the streets of Rotherham, where Barry will be buried next week.

A public celebration of his life is scheduled for Friday, August 17, followed by a private funeral at the New York Stadium of Rotherham United.

Fans wishing to respect the beloved star – who died on August 5 – have been invited to gather in the streets around the venue, even if the service itself will be private.

Fans are invited to greet (Photo: Gareth Davies / Getty Images)

The details were announced by the family in a statement that also said that the funeral would be a celebration of Barry's extraordinary life.

They said: "As a family, I would welcome fans to celebrate his life and pay tribute to us outside the New York stadium.

"There is an event for invited family and close friends who is respectfully private and invite only.

"We are overwhelmed by the love and support we have received in the last days and we thank all those concerned!"

Barry and his brother Paul – who was also a brother of Chuckle – were the honorary presidents of Rotherham United's life, making the choice of location a touching one.

The comic duo has acted in a series of television programs for children, in particular Chuckle Vision (Photo: Rex)

The TV star for children died peacefully at home last Sunday, surrounded by loved ones, including his wife Ann.

In a moving statement, his brother Paul, 70, said: "I have not just lost my brother, I have lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my best friend".

On August 9, he also thanked the fans for their support and said they will continue in the comedy.

Paul tweeted: "I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for all the messages that were difficult to read but I read all of them.

"It's the worst feeling ever, but I have to move on because I know that Barry would like me to always support each other both in the job and in our personal lives."

This was Paul's first tweet after Barry's death, after his wife Sue posted for him this week: "Paul asked me to send a message to thank ALL your lovely messages this morning, it's absolutely devastated and so unable to answer but your messages really help and he knows that Barry would be so happy to know how much he was loved, Sue. "

Paul – the real surname Elliott – previously issued a statement that speaks of Barry's struggle with bone cancer.

He said: "I still can not believe he's gone and we'll never perform together again.

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"I knew nothing about how serious his illness was until recently, he always said he wanted to die on stage and that he would work hard, which he did more or less.
He had suffered a lot with his legs for a while and I thought it was a sciatica with which I had problems in the past, so I knew how painful it could be.

"And he told me he thinks it's what he got. I also think that he knew that if I or our manager Phil Dale found out he was or would be more serious, we would have told him that you had to stop working. In addition, Phil would stop putting the work in our journals. But our Barry kept it for himself and kept it hidden from me, knowing how close we were and we've always been.

"He was a soldier in every sense and until the end! Now looking back, we did a pantomime in Nottingham, lots of nightclubs and university dates followed by 24 dates in the summer on tour in major holiday centers and resorts."


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