Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Hundreds pay respects to Wisdom

Mourners including Todd Carty paid their respects to Norman Wisdom

Sir Norman Wisdom has been laid to rest, but his son said the grand send-off was not quite what the comic legend had expected.

Nicholas Wisdom said his father was speaking to his wife about funeral arrangements a few years ago when he said: "Just chuck me off the end of the pier."

Instead, hundreds of people - including actors Bradley Walsh and Todd Carty - lined the streets of Douglas on the Isle of Man to see the horse-drawn cortege make its way along the promenade.

Then over 600 people, including family, friends and celebrities, packed into St George's Church in the town to pay their respects to the much-loved actor.

Mr Wisdom told the Press Association: "Today is definitely a celebration."

People travelled from all over the world to the island Sir Norman made his home.

"I met somebody at the bar last night who came all the way from Albuquerque," Mr Wisdom said.

Asked what his father might think of the funeral arrangements, he said: "I think he'd be extremely pleased, but he wouldn't admit it. He'd be delighted."

The order of service bore the heading, A Service of Celebration in Thanksgiving for the Life of Sir Norman Wisdom, with a picture of the comedian.

The 5ft 4in comedian died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 95 at the Abbotswood Nursing Home on the Isle of Man on October 4.

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