Monkhouse mourned

Private family funeral for Bob

Bob Monkhouse has been cremated after a private family funeral.

The veteran comic was laid to rest in Amersham Crematorium, Buckinghamshire, at 3.30pm on Friday, it has been announced..

A family friend said no further details of the ceremony would be released.

However, it has emerged that fellow comic Jimmy Tarbuck delivered a eulogy to the 90 close friends who gathered to pay their respects.

Other comedy stars to attend included Dennis Norden, Barry Cryer and Windsor Davies.

Tarbuck told the mourners: "The King of stand-up comedy is dead. Well, I don't think so. Every aspiring young comedian, and established comedians, should be made to sit down and watch videos of Bob and they will learn from watching the master of the craft."

Monkhouse died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 75 last week at his home near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, after a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

His wife, Jackie, ensured he was cremated in the style for which he was famous - wearing a bow tie and dinner jacket.

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Published: 3 Jan 2004

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