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Friends say goodbye to comedian Rik Mayall

By Claire Hayhurst

Comedy friends such as Ade Edmondson and Ben Elton gathered to bid their final farewells to comedy star Rik Mayall yesterday as his funeral took place in a country village.

Many of the stars behind the comedy hit which established his reputation, The Young Ones, were among mourners who attended the service at St George's Church in Dittisham, Devon.

Edmondson, a university friend of Mayall who went on to play the show's punk Vyvyan, acted as a pall-bearer, while Nigel Planer (who played hippy Neil) and Alexei Sayle (landlord Jerzei Balowski) were among more than 100 people who paid their respects.

Mayall – also known for TV hits such as Bottom, The New Statesman and Blackadder – died last week aged 56 at his home in Barnes, south west London. He also had a home in Devon.

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