Veteran children’s TV presenter, Barry Chuckle, has been laid to rest today following his death earlier this month.
The entertainer, real name Barry Elliott, was the star of ChuckleVision – a show which played a part in many childhoods across Britain thanks to its zany screwball humour– between the years of 1987 and 2009.
Hundreds of fans turned up for Barry’s send off this morning (August 17) at the Rotherham United football ground, the New York Stadium, who Barry had supported throughout his life.
He was laid to rest during a private funeral within the grounds at 12.55pm, but fans came in their droves to pay their respects as Barry’s hearse made its journey.
His brother and showbiz partner, Paul, could be seen carrying the coffin outside of the main reception, at one point rubbing tears away from his eyes.
He and Barry began their comedy careers on ITV talent shows Opportunity Knocks, in 1967, and then on New Faces, in 1974.
Barry’s manager, Phil Dale, said at the time of his death:
It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Ann and all his family.
The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have been fans of the Chuckle Brothers and they know that they will share in part the great, great loss they feel.
The veteran star worked for decades alongside Paul, with the pair appearing in 300 episodes of Chucklevision – one of the longest-running kids’ series on UK television.
Their slapstick-style comedy won the hearts of kids and adults alike, and the pair will forever be synonymous with the well-known and much loved catchphrase, ‘to me, to you’.
The brothers had recently filmed a new series titled ChuckleTime for Channel 5. He said it was just like the wonderful days of filming ChuckleVision for BBC One.
However Barry hadn’t been well towards the end of the filming and summer work was cancelled while he rested at his doctors request.
According to his reps, not long after this, the star’s health was said to have deteriorated.
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