Belfast Telegraph

Leila Webster: Poignant service to remember entertainment legend

BY JOANNE SWEENEY

Mourners at the thanksgiving service for entertainment legend Leila Webster heard how "the second act for her has just begun".

Best friend and former manager Dennison Mahood gave a moving tribute to the star of stage and screen yesterday as Belfast said its final farewell to her.

An 'old-school' star who once appeared alongside Bob Hope and Ulster singer Joseph Locke in her heyday, Leila (90) died last Thursday, having never recovered from a stroke she suffered just before Christmas.

Her son Jim and daughter-in-law Elizabeth, with grandsons Mark, Christopher and Jamie, led the mourners at the service held in Saint Mary Magdalene Parish Church, following an earlier cremation.

Rev Bob Cutter described Mrs Webster as a "force of nature" who had been full of energy, creativity and versatility.

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