Many people will remember Barry Chuckle as one half of the comedy duo The Chuckle Brothers, with the comedian having had a huge impact on the British public during his lifetime.
So much so that hundreds of people are expected to turn up in Rotherham at the end of this week to celebrate the life of the 73-year-old after his passing on August 5th.
A public celebration will take place on Friday August 17th in the city where he was from, after which a private funeral will be held at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium.
His family released a statement to announce the details of the ceremony, saying: “We would welcome fans to celebrate his life and pay their respects with us, outside of the New York stadium.”
They added: “We are overwhelmed with the love and support we have received over the last few days.”
The TV star, who was most famous for the hit children’s television show Chuckle Vision between 1987 and 2009, passed away peacefully last Sunday, following a battle with bone cancer, which eventually spread to his lungs.
His young brother Paul, 70, who performed with Barry, expressed his grief on Twitter recently, telling fans that he will carry on working in entertainment without his sidekick, despite it being the “worst feeling ever”.
Paul revealed on ITV’s This Morning this week that he did not know about his brother’s condition until just a few months ago, saying Barry had wanted to “work until he died”.
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