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Bruce Forsyth laid to rest in 'sad but beautiful' funeral

Mourners at Bruce Forsyth's funeral on Monday (04Sep17) cheered as 12 white doves were released into the sky.

Beloved British TV presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth was laid to rest on Monday (04Sep17) in a funeral described by friends as "sad but beautiful".

The 89-year-old veteran entertainer was surrounded by family when he passed away on 18 August after struggling for months with ill health.

He was remembered by close friends and relatives at an intimate ceremony on Monday, of which businessman John Caudwell shared a video on his Instagram page.

The footage showed guests at the funeral releasing 12 white doves into the air to pay tribute to Bruce, after a speaker said: "To the rainbow. Somewhere over the rainbow. Until we all meet again." Mourners cheered and shouted "hip hip hooray" as the birds flew into the sky.

Sharing the video, Phones 4u entrepreneur John wrote: "A sad but beautiful moment at Bruce’s funeral. The loss of a dear friend and amazing entertainer that spanned my whole life! RIP Sir Bruce. X"

After Bruce's death, fans of the Strictly Come Dancing host took to Twitter to call for BBC chiefs to honour the TV legend with a statue, and executives at the organisation later confirmed they have been in discussions as to how to best pay tribute to the star.

A BBC spokesperson told Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "We are more than happy to look at what would be the most fitting tribute to a BBC showbiz legend."

Plans have also reportedly been made to honour Bruce with a memorial service at London's Westminster Abbey, the burial place of a number of British monarchs and heroes.

"Bruce's family are very much coming to terms with their loss, which is utterly devastating," a source told British newspaper The Sun. "It is too early to say for sure what will happen next. But the idea of the great and the good celebrating their friend's life alongside the ordinary fans who watched him for years is very much liked. Further conversations about it will be had in the coming weeks, when the family are ready. The decision, either way, will be theirs to make."

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