Mourners attend Barbara Windsor’s funeral as David Walliams and Matt Lucas arrive

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Friends and family of much-loved Barbara Windsor have started to arrive for her funeral.

The telly icon's hearse arrived with the floral tribute 'Babs' as pallbearers carried her coffin inside.

Ross Kemp and her husband Scott Mitchell are at Golders Green Crematorium in London to say goodbye to the star.

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

Close friend Christopher Biggins has also arrived to pay his respects at the small service.

Comedians David Walliams and Matt Lucas, of Little Britain fame, were also sighted outside the redbrick building.

Masked Christopher, Barbara's lifelong friend, was the first to arrive, wearing a long black coat and scarf.

Only 30 mourners will be able to pay their respects because of strict social distancing demands amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She is being cremated at the private ceremony, her husband last week confirmed.

Her on-screen son, Ross, is to give a eulogy during the emotional service.

Speaking about the funeral last month, Biggins 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.

"Barbara's devastated husband says he is "completely overwhelmed" after fans have so far raised nearly £150,000 in her memory.

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 did the documentary with Scott about Alzheimer's and dementia and he said, you know, 'It's not the Barb I used to know,' and she wasn't."

To make a donation to Alzheimer's Research UK in memory of Dame Barbara Windsor, visit

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