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Bellingham widower's Christmas plan

Lynda Bellingham's widower has brushed away tears as he talked about how he will spend his first Christmas without her.

The actress had spoken many times of wanting to spend one more Christmas at home, but died last month after colon cancer spread to her lungs and liver.

Appearing on ITV's Loose Women, Michael Pattemore said he had thought about celebrating Christmas in style to honour her memory but said he was not sure what he would do.

He said: "I'm probably going to go away. It''s the one time of year that she loved, I mean I've said in the papers we had enough Christmas decorations to do the whole of Regent Street."

Michael told the show, where his late wife had been a presenter, that around 200,000 copies of her memoirs had been sold and he had received "hundreds and hundreds" of letters and cards from well-wishers.

He said donation's in his wife's memory had raised around £100,000 for a cancer charity.

Lynda, who was best known for her role in the Oxo TV adverts, was diagnosed last July but in late September disclosed that she had decided to end her treatment to limit the amount of suffering her family would witness.

She died in her husband's arms at a London hospital.

Her book, called There's Something I've Been Dying To Tell You, discusses her illness in detail and has spent weeks at the top of the best-seller lists.

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