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Bobby Ball's family and showbiz pals have laid the comic star to rest today.

Mourners, grieving the loss of the Cannon and Ball icon, gathered ahead of the star being cremated at Carlton Crematorium to take part in a procession through Blackpool following his sad death on October 28.

The funeral cortege started at East Beach at 1 pm and continued along Central Beach with a brief pause at Lowther Gardens.

It then went along West Beach and onto Clifton Drive and Inner Promenade before heading towards Blackpool Promenade.

The procession then paused outside Blackpool Tower and the Comedy Carpet to allow fans in the town to pay their respects.

Bobby Ball's funeral took place today
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His comedy sidekick Tommy Cannon looked upset as he walked into the funeral home alongside his wife ahead of the procession.

Bobby's widow Yvonne – clad in a face mask and dressed in black – could be seen with her head down as she made her way into the church.

The late star's friends wore red braces to the memorial service – like the ones he used to don on stage – as they celebrated his life and all the happiness his comedy brought to people.

The Linda, Denise and Maureen Nolan also attended to pay their respects to the funnyman.

His nearest and dearest could be heard shouting out his saying "Rock on, Tommy" as they waited for his coffin to arrive at the church.

The comedian fought back the tears
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Bobby's coffin was seen covered in bouquets of white roses as it was taken out of the hearse into Hope Church in Lytham St Anne's in Lancashire.

Fans lined the streets as they paid tribute to the comedy icon with many visibly upset at the loss of the TV favourite.

Several people signed a special condolence book that was laid out on a table – alongside hand sanitizer – outside the church.

Bobby, whose real name was Robert Harper, died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital aged 76.

His comedy side kick Tommy Cannon looked upset as he walked in
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Bobby's widow Yvonne had her head down as she walked into the church
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The Nolan sisters – Linda, Denise and Maureen Nolan were in attendance
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A statement from his management read: "It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the 28th October 2020 approximately 21:30.

"Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems. At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19.

The coffin was carried into the church covered in roses
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Flower arrangements were laid out for the star
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"His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough.

"She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel.

Fans gathered to pay their respects
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A condolence book was left outside the church for fans to pen fond memories about Bobby in.
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"Yvonne added that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority. No further announcements or statements will be made."

At the end of last week, Bobby's family urged fans to adhere to coronavirus guidelines when attending the procession.

A statement from the family said: "The response to Bob’s funeral announcement has been overwhelming and the love and support from you all has been wonderful and a huge comfort. A heartfelt thank you from us all.

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The funeral cortege made its way through the area
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"As you can imagine the family are acutely aware of the devastating effects of Covid after losing Bob and are extremely concerned about your safety.

"We would like to remind you about ‘staying safe’ and adhering to the current strict national lockdown regulations, should you be out and about as the funeral Cortege goes by.

"As you know, people can only leave their home for specified purposes, and ‘gatherings’ with more than one other person, are not currently permitted. Please remember this and keep safely within the current rules.

The order of service featured a smiling snap of Bobby
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Bobby pictured with comedy partner Tommy Cannon
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"Fylde & Blackpool Councils and the Police Authorities have been extremely supportive and we cannot thank them enough. Covid Wardens will be out on the day of Bob’s funeral to make sure people adhere to the rules and everyone is safe.

"Bob would want you to stay safe, stay well and look after your loved ones. Please, please adhere to Covid Regulations on his day.

"We have to look forward to brighter times, post lockdown when those wanting to, can attend tribute events for Bob and his charities, where we can all honour & celebrate his life together."

Bobby is survived by two sons, Robert and Darren, with his first wife Joan Lynn, as well as his daughter Joanne with Yvonne Nugent.