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Rousing send-off for popular actress Dora Bryan

By Ruth Lumley

A church was filled with laughter as more than 200 people gathered to celebrate the life of actress Dora Bryan at her funeral.

St George's Church in Kemp Town, Brighton, was adorned with black and white photographs of the actress and a large screen at the front of the church displayed a slideshow of pictures of Bryan throughout her career.

Bryan, who won a Best Actress Bafta for the 1961 classic British movie A Taste Of Honey, died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, on July 23, aged 91.

She was known to many TV viewers for the five years she spent playing Ros Utterthwaite in BBC1 sitcom Last Of The Summer Wine in the twilight of her career, bowing out in 2005.

But during her half century career she took on dozens of other roles, also appeared in Absolutely Fabulous, and had guest roles in Casualty and Heartbeat.

Before the service, her son William Lawton, said: "She was a fantastic woman, a fantastic mother and loved by all."

Mourners included actor Christopher Biggins who described her as an "exceptional woman".

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