Christopher Biggins hopes to send off Barbara Windsor 'in a big way' in 2022

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 January 2021
Dame Barbara Windsor

Dame Barbara Windsor

Christopher Biggins is hoping to send off his late pal Dame Barbara Windsor "in a big way" in 2022 to honour the legendary actress

Christopher Biggins hopes there will be a big "send off" for Dame Barbara Windsor at the beginning of 2022.

The 72-year-old star admitted there are plans being made for a fitting celebration in honour of his late friend, who sadly died last month aged 83 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

He told The Sun newspaper: "Sadly I think this is going to go on until 2023 before we go back to complete normality but let’s hope that at the end of this year or the beginning of 2022 we really can send her off in a big way.

“Normally we could have filled Wembley Stadium with people who would have wanted to say goodbye. The streets would have been lined.”

Instead, Biggins explained that just 29 mourners were in attendance at the memorial for the 'EastEnders' icon, after one of the 30 permitted guests contracted coronavirus.

He added: "It was an extremely sad day. There were just 29 of us there because that morning one of the guests got Covid, can you believe it?

“To play to 29 people who were sad and upset, it was very difficult to get the odd laugh here and there.

“And of course, you had to have a laugh because Barbara was a funny woman. Most of my memories are of having a great laugh with her. That is what she was about so it was really terribly sad."

Biggins previously opened up on plans to honour Barbara, and insisted those close to her wanted a big celebration of her legendary life and career when it's safe to do so.

Speaking before Barbara's funeral, he said: "It'll be very difficult for all of us, especially Scott. But it's good to say goodbye properly.

"Next year, or sometime in the future, there will be a massive, massive ... thousands of people invited to a memorial service for Barbara, which will be wonderful."

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