Jethro funeral: Jim Davidson leads mourners bidding final farewell to Cornish comedian

Jethro: Comedian's funeral procession arrives at Truro Cathedral

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Jim Davidson is expected to speak at Jethro’s funeral. The Generation Game star was pictured at Truro Cathedral, as friends and family prepared to say a final goodbye to the comedian.

Jethro died three weeks ago at the age of 73, after contracting Covid-19.

He was double jabbed and had had a booster vaccination, the PA news agency understands.

His farewell was set to bring parts of Devon and Cornwall to a standstill.

A procession was due to set off from his club in Lewdown, Okehampton, at 10am.

It was then expected to travel through Lifton before going on to Truro, where a procession would be held at the War Memorial.

The service began at around midday and was conducted by the Reverend Canon Alan Bashforth and Reverend Tim Hodge.

A eulogy would be read out on behalf of Jethro’s family, and speakers would include his long-time agent John Miles and Jim.

Hymns including The Old Rugged Cross and Trelawney were sung accompanied by Cornish folk band The Oggymen.

Jim was seen in a black suit and tie, as well as dark-rimmed glasses in front of the 19th century church.

Jethro’s family have asked for donations to be sent to the Children’s Hospice South West.

Sarah Stott, from Little Harbour hospice in St Austell, told the BBC: “We were really touched that they would be thinking of us at this difficult time.

“It meant so much and we send our heartfelt thanks to them.”

Real name Geoffrey Rowe, the comedy star rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s.

Jethro only announced his retirement in 2020 after almost 50 years of touring.

He explained his decision was partly down to difficulties remembering jokes, saying “my memory is not too good”.

His family confirmed his death last month in a statement on Facebook.

It read: “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of the well known and popular Cornish comedian Jethro.

“… Jethro leaves behind his life partner Jennie, sons Jesse and Lanyon, step daughter Sarah, daughter-in-law Stacey and of course his much loved grandchildren.

“We ask that you respect our privacy at this very sad time and give us all time to grieve.

“We will continue to support each other in the knowledge that our lives will never be the same without him.”

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