Dame Barbara Windsor’s funeral to take place today with limited mourners and eulogy from Ross Kemp

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The funeral of much-loved Barbara Windsor will take place this afternoon, Friday 8 January, but the number of mourners will be limited.

Her on-screen son, Ross Kemp, is to give a eulogy as loved ones say their goodbyes to the star, who won't get the send off she deserves until Covid restrictions are lifted.

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

The funeral service for national treasure Barbara will take place at Golders Green Crematorium in London.

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

Christopher Biggins will also be speaking following the tragic loss of his close friend in December.

A fundraising page for Alzheimer's Research UK in the late star's honour saw donations pour in and six figures was quickly collected.

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Barbara's devastated husband Scott Mitchell 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 must find a way to stop future generations going through what so many of us have already."

Ross Kemp – who played Grant Mitchell on EastEnders alongside Barbara for over a decade – will address the mourners at the funeral.

The actor has opened up on the death of his late friend, admitting Alzheimer's had changed her personality by the end.

Ross said: "The really sad thing about the Alzheimer's is that by the end the light was going out in her life.

"This woman who radiated light and vitality to all the rest of us actually, towards the end, it was being sucked away from her."

He added: "It alters your personality, it changes who you are.

"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 www.justgiving.com/DameBarbara

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