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Chuckle Brothers star Barry's funeral held in Rotherham

Chuckle Brothers star Barry's funeral held in Rotherham

Paul Elliott, right, helped carry the coffin of his brother Barry
The funeral of Barry Chuckle, one half of the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers, has been held in Rotherham.The 73-year-old entertainer, whose real name was Barry Elliott, starred in ChuckleVision with his brother Paul on the BBC between 1987 and 2009. Generations of children watched the accident-prone pair, known for their catchphrase, "To me, to you."The service was held at Rotherham United football club, of which Barry was an honorary life president.The funeral cortege was greeted by applause and shouts of the brothers' catchphrase by hundreds of fans gathered outside the ground.
Barry's younger brother Paul was among those who carried the coffin in through the players' entrance.Paul had described Barry as his "very best friend", after his death on 5 August following a short illness.Barry Chuckle funeral: As it happenedFamous faces including Roy Chubby Brown, Vicki Michelle, Linda Nolan, Bernie Clifton, Tommy Cannon and Billy Pearce were among those invited inside the stadium.
Fans applauded as the funeral cortege arrived at the stadium
Yorkshire comedian Billy Pearce said: "I think Barry would be honoured and elated to see that so many people loved him so much. "I think that's the main thing and we will all miss him."
Vicki Michelle recalled working with Barry in pantomime
Vicki Michelle, of 'Allo 'Allo! fame, said her favourite memory of Barry was a night out in Birmingham where they were appearing in panto together, and seeing Barry "dancing in a Chuckle sandwich with a girl either side of him".She said wherever he went people would call out, "To me, to you"."It's going to be sad today. My heart goes out to his family, his brother Paul in particular and his children."
The Chuckle Brothers' catchphrase was shouted by fans as the cortege arrived
About 400 fans gathered outside the ground to pay their respects.Lisa Scranage, 45, and her fiance Mark Kitchen, 37, got to the stadium with her 14-year-old son Ryan at 10:00 BST, having travelled from Featherstone.Ms Scranage said she first watched ChuckleVision as a child after school and her love of Barry and Paul grew from there.She went regularly to shows and often stayed behind to chat to the brothers, becoming friends with them."They have given us so much over the years as the Chuckle Brothers, so this is the last chance to give a little bit back to Barry, to say goodbye and pay our respects," she said.The couple had asked Barry Chuckle to come to their wedding.
Fans gathered outside Rotherham United's stadium where the service took place
Will Cowan, 18, from Doncaster, came wearing a Chuckle Brothers T-shirt."I can't remember when I started watching them to be honest - [probably] since I was born," he said."It's been a really nice send-off for Barry. He's such a legend. "Even now you can still enjoy their sketches. It works if you're five or 95."
Alfie travelled form Birmingham to attend the service
One young Chuckle Brothers fan travelled with his father 100 miles from Birmingham to pay his respects.Alfie, 10, said: "I first went to see them at the pantomime in Wolverhampton around two years ago and I just became a megafan of them."I just love their episodes and every morning I'm watching their episodes of ChuckleVision."
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Earlier this year, the brothers returned to television with a new show, Chuckle Time, on Channel 5.Barry had been unwell towards the end of the new show's filming. Summer work was cancelled while he rested at his doctor's request, but not long after his health deteriorated.The duo - who performed for friends and family in their garden before becoming famous - started their careers as The Chuckles on ITV talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967.
The Chuckle Brothers
The brothers on ITV talent show New Faces in the 1970s
From Rotherham and honorary presidents of Rotherham United FC
Two older brothers, Jimmy and Brian, also formed a double-act, the Patton Brothers, and have appeared on ChuckleVision
The Chuckles won ITV talent shows Opportunity Knocks in 1967 and New Faces in 1974
ChuckleVision ran for 292 episodes between 1987 and 2009
They received a special award at the Children's Baftas in 2008.
They recorded a charity single titled To Me, To You (Bruv) with Tinchy Stryder in aid of the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust in 2014
They gave evidence at Dave Lee Travis's 2014 indecent assault trial - they were performing in panto with him in 1990 when the alleged assault took place. Travis was later cleared
They were seen playing a magician (Paul) and his assistant (Barry in drag) on TV comedy Benidorm in March
They starred in a short film about Joseph Grimaldi, the 19th Century "king of clowns", titled The Funniest Man In The World, with Barry playing Grimaldi
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