Tommy Cannon led mourners for his comedian comrade Bobby Ball’s funeral today in Blackpool after the TV icon died in October aged 76.
Cannon was seen arriving to the service alongside wife Hazel, as many gathered to pay their respects to the Cannon and Ball legend.
A group of mourners were seen wearing red braces in a fitting homage to Ball, as they posed outside Hope Church in Lytham Saint Annes, Lancashire on Tuesday.
Many others were seen signing a condolence book, with memorial cards paying tribute to Ball placed in its pages.
Ball’s wooden coffin was covered in a beautiful floral arrangement of white roses, as it was wheeled into the service – as other arrangements were seen to spell out Bob and Grandad.
The family – who encouraged mourners to respect social distancing guidelines when gathering today – had earlier confirmed the procession route, with photos showing fans lining the streets to watch the cortege pass.
The cortege began at 11.40am and made a route from Lowther Gardens, onto Church Road, Market Square, Clifton Street and then to end of Warton Street where it arrived ahead of the service at noon.
After leaving the church, the cortege will travel down East Beach and then Central and West Beach, pausing at the Lowther Gardens/Pavillion before heading along Clifton Drive and the Inner Promendade.
The iconic entertainer died last month following a brief fight with coronavirus, with Cannon leading the tributes to his friend and comedy partner.
He said following the news: ‘Rock on, my good friend, I can’t believe this, I’m devastated.’
Following the outpouring of support for him in the wake of the sad news, he added: ‘I’m absolutely devastated, I’ve lost my partner, my best friend and the funniest man I know. Thank you for your messages, prayers and love.’
Bobby’s wife Yvonne added: ‘I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous.’
A statement on behalf of Ball’s family at the time of his death read: ‘It is with great personal sadness that on behalf of Yvonne Ball, and the family, and Tommy Cannon, I announce that Bobby Ball passed away at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the 28th October 2020 approximately 21:30.
‘Bobby had been taken to the hospital for tests as he started with breathing problems. At first it was thought to be a chest infection but a test proved positive for Covid-19.
‘His wife Yvonne said the hospital and staff could not have been more wonderful, as they were outstanding in their care of duty and they did everything possible for him and she cannot praise them enough.
‘She said that the family and Tommy would like to express their sincere thanks to the many, many people who have been fans of Bobby and they know that they will all share in part the great loss and total sadness that Yvonne, the family and Tommy all feel.
‘Yvonne added that their need for privacy at this time has to be a priority. No further announcements or statements will be made.’
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