Ken Morley and Jimmy Cricket attend funeral of Keith Harris

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 May 2015
Ken Morley

Ken Morley

Ken Morley and Jimmy Cricket are among the stars who attended the late ventriloquist Keith Harris' funeral in Blackpool earlier today (08.05.15)

Ken Morley and Jimmy Cricket are among the stars who attended Keith Harris' funeral today (08.05.15).

The former 'Coronation Street' actor and 'Celebrity Big Brother' contestant was joined by comedian Jimmy at the memorial service for the late ventriloquist at Blackpool's Sacred Heart RC Church this afternoon.

'Opportunity Knocks' comedian Freddie 'Parrot-face' Davies was also in attendance, as was Bobby Crush, who wrote the UK Top 5 hit single 'I Wish I Could Fly' for Keith and his puppet Orville the duck.

Taking to his Twitter account this morning, Bobby wrote: "This is a sad day... saying goodbye to my old friend Keith Harris... on my way to his funeral in Blackpool. (sic)"

The 61-year-old songwriter also left a bunch of flowers outside of the church with a note which reads: "Dear Keith, remembering the laughs, the shows, the hit record we had together. You were a master of your craft and I will miss you, my friend."

At the height of his fame Keith, who passed away last month after losing his battle with cancer, was a regular on Saturday night television and even performed at private birthday parties for Prince Harry and his brother Prince William.

The former 'Keith Harris Show' host - who is survived by his fourth wife Sarah and their children Kitty and Shenton as well as his daughter Skye from his first marriage - was first diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and fell ill again in January this year.

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