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Victoria Wood remembered at private family funeral

Published 05/05/2016

Victoria Wood
Victoria Wood

Television legend Victoria Wood was remembered by friends and family at a small private funeral in London on Wednesday (04May16), according to reports.

Victoria Wood was laid to rest in a "light-hearted and celebratory" funeral on Wednesday (04May16).

The British comedian and television legend died peacefully at her London home last month (Apr16) aged 62 after a short battle with cancer.

On Wednesday, her friends and family joined together to remember the star at a private ceremony at the Golders Green Crematorium, The Sun reports.

According to the newspaper, Victoria's children Grace, 27, and 23-year-old Henry, and ex-husband Geoffrey Durham were joined by familiar faces such as the late star's best friend and comedy partner Julie Walters.

But in organising the funeral, Victoria's family tried to honour her wishes to make it as "full of laughter" as possible.

"It was a very small and private funeral, which is exactly what Victoria would have wanted," a friend told The Sun. "The family were very conscious that they didn’t want cameras there and were happy that was the case.

"Even though everyone is incredibly grief stricken, it was very important that there was a very strong element of humour, jokes and laughter throughout because everyone knew that’s what she wanted.

"At the end of the day she is someone who spent her life making people laugh and it was appropriate that light-hearted and celebratory overall tone of the day."

Victoria started her career on U.K. TV talent show New Faces in 1973, with her comedy sketch shows becoming a popular fixture on British television in the 1980s.

She was also renowned as the writer and star of a number of sit-coms including Acorn Antiques, which debuted in 1985 and followed a female run antiques shop and Dinnerladies, a comedy about canteen staff which ran from 1998 to 2000. She retired from TV performing in 2010.

Victoria won four British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards throughout the course of her career and was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997 and became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008.

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