Barry Chuckle funeral details revealed, and location couldn’t be more meaningful

Hundreds of fans are set to line the streets of Rotherham when Barry Chuckle is laid to rest next week.

Details of the Chuckle Brothers star’s funeral have been revealed, with a public celebration of his life to be held on Friday, August 17 followed by a private funeral at Rotherham United’s New York stadium.

Those wishing to pay their respects to the beloved star – who died after a year-long battle with cancer on August 5 aged 73 – are invited to gather in the streets around the ground.

The arrangements were announced by the family in a statement which also said the funeral would be a celebration of Barry’s amazing life.

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They said: "As a family we would welcome fans to celebrate his life and pay their respects with us, outside of the New York stadium.

"There is an event for invited family and close friends which respectfully is private and by invite only”.

“We are overwhelmed with the love and support we have received over the last few days, and thank everyone concerned!”

The service itself will be private but fans who wish to pay their respects are being asked to line the streets around the ground.

The choice of venue is especially poignant as Barry and his brother Paul were honorary life presidents of the club both had supported all their lives.

The children’s TV star died peacefully at his home last Sunday surrounded by loved ones, including wife Ann.

In a touching statement, his brother Paul, 70, said: "I’ve not just lost my brother, I’ve lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend."

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