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Lynda Bellingham Funeral: Denise Welch Reads Out Touching Self-Penned Ode To Former 'Loose Women' Colleague

04/11/2014 11:54 GMT | Updated 04/11/2014 11:59 GMT

Denise Welch read out a self-penned poem to her friend and former 'Loose Women' colleague Lynda Bellingham at her funeral on Monday.

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Denise, who used to sit on the panel of the daytime show with the actress, said Lynda would be 'having a hoot at the odd bods' attending her funeral at St Bartholomew's Church in Crewkerne, Somerset.

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Denise Welch attends the funeral of Lynda Bellingham

The former 'Coronation Street' star delivered the ode to a star-studded congregation, which included Christopher Biggins, Coleen Nolan, Jane McDonald and Andrea McLean, who had all come to pay their last respects.

Denise's poem, read:

"I'll miss you Lynda very much as will everybody here.

"There is no need to say how much you are loved, as today that is abundantly clear.

"If you are looking down from wherever you are I am sure you will be having a hoot, at the odd bods that loved you so dearly like Biggins in that bloody pink suit!

"Your humour is what I will remember and the dirtiest laugh known to man."

In addition to Denise's touching tribute, Lynda's husband Michael Pattemore, also shared details of his first encounter with his wife, which coincidentally was 10 years to the day as he spoke at the service.

He said: "This is going to be tough. While I was preparing this speech I wanted dates and times to be exact. What I discovered was devastating. It was on this very day 3 November 2004, 1.30 in the afternoon ten years ago that I first met Lynda.

"Can I go back to that day? I can remember that moment when we first met as if it was yesterday."

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Her coffin - which was covered in white flowers - was carried by her husband, her sons Michael and Robert and her stepson Bradley.

Lynda had asked her spouse to organise a funeral which was full of fun and he fulfilled her wish by creating a service that mimicked The Royal Variety Performance.

The actress was buried as fireworks were let off at her graveside in keeping with her wish that her friends and family "have a party when I'm gone".

The actress, best known for her long-running role as the mother in the Oxo TV adverts, died last month after she was diagnosed with colon cancer in July last year.

After the cancer spread to her lungs and liver she decided to end her treatment to limit the amount of suffering her family would witness.

In her last few weeks, she spoke openly about her illness and its effect on her family.

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