Dame Barbara Windsor’s funeral ‘set to take place this week’ and Ross Kemp will give speech

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Dame Barbara Windsor’s funeral is set to take place at the end of this week, reports claim.

The EastEnders icon tragically died aged 83 in December after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

And now, a select group of mourners are set to gather at Golders Green Crematorium in London on Friday afternoon to celebrate her life, The Sun Online reports.

Dame Barbara’s funeral attendees will be limited due to the coronavirus restrictions, which means only 30 people are allowed to attend funerals.

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It comes after Christopher Biggins confirmed he and Ross Kemp will be giving a speech at the Carry On actress’ funeral, as he discussed her funeral plans.

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.

“Anna Karen is speaking about her early life, I'm speaking about the middle part of her life, and Ross [Kemp] form 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.”

Christopher added: “It's going to be a terrible day, it's in January but we're all there for [Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell] and for her. She was very special.”

It comes after Dame Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell, who recently said he “can’t believe she’s not here”, was left overwhelmed as fans raised more than £100,000 for Alzheimer’s charity in Barbara’s memory.

A fundraising page for the late star saw the donations pour in and six figures was quickly collected.

Scott said he's been blown away by the support from Dame Barbara's fans all over the world and hopes people continue to dig deep.

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Scott said: “I have been completely overwhelmed by the response from Barbara's fans, friends and former colleagues.

“This outpouring of support has filled me with pride and been a huge comfort to me. It just shows how loved, respected and adored my Barbara was. That's magical.

“I’m determined to honour her legacy by doing everything I can to support dementia research and help Alzheimer's Research UK's search for a cure. We must find a way to stop future generations going through what so many of us have already.

“Please do consider a donation however small or large. Every penny will take us one step closer to desperately needed breakthroughs.”

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