Only 30 close friends were able to attend the Eastenders star’s funeral in January, due to Covid restrictions, where her on screen son Ross Kemp read a eulogy
A memorial event for Dame Barbara Windsor is being planned for next year, her widower Scott Mitchell confirms.
Only 30 close friends were able to attend the Eastenders star’s funeral in January, due to Covid restrictions, where her on screen son Ross Kemp read a eulogy.
So Scott is planning a bigger event to celebrate her life.
Scott – who is running a marathon this month for the Alzheimer’s Society following her death in December from the disease – said: “I’m definitely getting something together for next year.
“I have to give myself time – it’s only been nine months since she passed. I’m still processing it.
“But there will be something next year. We’ll make sure all her friends who couldn’t be at the funeral can get together and remember her.”
The Carry On star was remembered at the TRIC Awards ceremony in London this afternoon.
Scott marked what would have been Barbara’s 84th birthday last month by unveiling a plaque to honour her.
He added: “I was always going to be a difficult day – I just wanted to do the best I could and do something for Barbara and let her know she was in my thoughts.”
Ross said it took him three days to craft his eulogy and also told The Mirror that he has a special memento he keeps to remind himself of his friend.
The actor-turned-presenter said: “I have a picture of her in my office, she gave that picture to me virtually when I first met her.
“It’s of her in her twenties, it has a special message.
“She’s timeless, we are very flippant, transient and in a disposable kind of time, sadly, as you can see by all he plastic that washes up in the ocean, but she is pretty timeless.
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“I hope that people will carry on remembering what a great person she was.”
Soap legend Barbara, who kept her Alzheimer’s condition a secret for four years after she was diagnosed in 2014, died in December 2020 with Scott by her side.
Paying tribute at the time, Scott said that her final weeks were “typical of how she lived her life” and “full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end”.
He told PA: “Her passing was from Alzheimer’s/dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.
“Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and affection for the many years of her love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives and the entertainment she gave to so many thousands of others during her career.
“Barbara’s final weeks were typical of how she lived her life. Full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end.
“It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserve.
“I will always be immensely proud of Barbara’s courage, dignity and generosity dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as she could.”
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