Christopher Biggins has revealed details of Barbara Windsor’s funeral following her death last week aged 83, due to a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Appearing on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch on Thursday, Panto legend Biggins said he wishes his friend of 40 years could hear all the lovely things being said about her and revealed he will speak at her funeral which will take place in January.
He said: ‘Steph, what I have to say to you is – I wish that when we die, all of us – we had 24 hours looking down to hear what people say about us.
Friends: Christopher Biggins revealed details of Barbara Windsor’s funeral on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Thursday and said she would have been ‘thrilled to hear the outcry of horror over her passing’ (pictured in March 2016)
So many memories: Biggins, who has been friends with Barbara for 40 years, will speak at her funeral and wishes she could hear what people are saying about her (pictured in 1995)
‘Because Barbara would have been thrilled. I have never seen such an outcry of horror from everybody that she died.
‘She was the most extraordinary woman and she was a friend of mine for 40 years and she was so special.
‘We went on holiday together and we did shows around the country. We’ve been everywhere. She was extraordinary.’
Christopher, 72, who was on the show to promote his appearance on the Masterchef Christmas special praised Barbara’s husband, Scott Mitchell, 57, who married Barbara in April 2000.
He said: ‘Her husband Scott is an angel, he’s a saint…He has been fantastic and it has been awful for him because with her condition, I didn’t realise with Alzheimer’s, you forget to eat and you forget to drink so that is how many people die with the condition.
But he’s [Scott] always been there. Everybody poo-pooed that marriage because they said there was a huge amount of difference between their ages.’
Asked by Steph if Christopher had spoken to Barbara’s husband Scott, he replied: ‘I have, I’m very honoured because you can only have 30 people at the funeral, and I am one of the speakers.
‘Anna Karen is speaking about her early life, I’m speaking about the middle part of her life and Ross [Kemp] from EastEnders is talking about that part of her life.
‘It will be very, very sad. I wish there was a way that we could record it so people can watch it online.
‘It’s going to be a terrible day, it’s in January but we’re all there for him and for her. She was very special.’
Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.