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Stars attend Ronnie Corbett’s funeral

Ronnie Corbett funeral flowers

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Glasses resembling Corbett’s trademark pair were placed on a wreath

Sir Michael Parkinson, David Walliams and Jimmy Tarbuck are among mourners arriving for Ronnie Corbett’s funeral.

The entertainer died last month aged 85 having been diagnosed with a suspected form of motor neurone disease.

A service for family and friends is being held at the St John the Evangelist Church near his home in Shirley, Croydon, south London.

Sir Michael said of Corbett: “What you saw is what you got. He was modest, self-effacing, a brilliant comic.”

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Sir Michael was a close friend of Corbett’s

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Writer and Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams was among the mourners

The cortege will later move on to a local crematorium.

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Corbett’s wife Anne Hart attended with their daughters Sophie and Emma

Sir Michael added that Corbett was also “a very good actor too, very good comedy actor. And as a guy to be a friend of he was just unbeatable.”

He added that Corbett will be “greatly missed… it’s a sad day”.

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Comics Jimmy Tarbuck and Rob Brydon were among the mourners

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Comedy writer Barry Cryer worked with Corbett for many years

Cryer, who worked with the Two Ronnies and first met Corbett 50 years ago, said: “I can’t think of him without smiling… I’m here and tipping my hat to him.”

Rob Brydon, who also worked with Corbett, said: “People’s faces would light up when they saw him, he just brought happiness.”

The funeral service will include readings from Corbett’s family and will conclude with a recording he made of a song called Up’s the Only Way to Go.

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The Two Ronnies was a hugely successful sketch show

A small group of fans gathered outside the church to pay their respects.

Corbett was one of the UK’s best-loved comedians and along with Ronnie Barker, their double act was one of the most successful of the 70s and 80s.

His most memorable solo projects include the sitcom Sorry! and the game show Small Talk. He most recently starred in the BBC Radio 4 sitcom When the Dog Dies.

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