Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral will take place on Friday with limited mourners and Ross Kemp giving a speech

DAME Barbara Windsor's funeral will take place on Friday with limited mourners and Ross Kemp giving the speech.

The EastEnders legend died last month at the age of 83 following a six-year battle with Alzheimer's.

The funeral service will take place at Golders Green Crematorium in London on Friday afternoon.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the number of mourners will be greatly limited – with only 30 mourners able to pay their respects to Dame Barbara Windsor.

A JustGiving page has been set up in tribute to the late actress with the funds going towards Alzheimer's Research UK.

Christopher Biggins confirmed last month that he would be speaking at the event – as well as Ross Kemp, who played Barbara's on-screen son Grant Mitchell.


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."

He 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."

EastEnders paid tribute to the Peggy Mitchell actress last week with a special tribute.

On December 29, the episode concluded with all of the cast and crew for the entire year thanked in the credits.

And as the lengthy list drew to a close, "in loving memory of Dame Barbara Windsor MBE" flashed up on viewers' screens over the show's famous London backdrop.

Fans at home were deeply touched by the tribute, with one fan writing: "My heart is broken all over again" alongside a crying emoji.

Another added: "Nice to see them pay regards to dame Barbara."

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