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Live Reporting

By Oli Constable

All times stated are UK

  1. In pictures: Barry Chuckle's life on stage and screen

    Barry Chuckle enjoyed a career spanning five decades with younger brother Paul.

    Barry and Paul

    Barry along with brother Paul, won ITV talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967.

    They later appeared on TV competition New Faces (pictured above) in 1974 - which showcased other future stars including Les Dennis, Michael Barrymore and Victoria Wood.

    The brothers got their own show, Chuckle Hounds, which involved dressing up in dog costumes, in the mid 1980s.

    In 1987, ChuckleVision (pictured below) was launched on the BBC.

    ChuckeVision stars in a golf cart

    ChuckleVision ran for 292 episodes spanning three decades, from 1987 to 2009.

    Generations of children watched the accident-prone entertainers with their theme tune, "Ch-ch-chucklevision, Ch-ch-chucklevision, Ch-ch-chucklevision".

    Barry and Paul in costume

    The duo, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, were made honorary presidents of Rotherham United. They were also known for their catchphrases.

    Barry would often say the "to you" in the catchphrase: "To me, to you."

    Barry and Paul with a dice showing their catchphrase

    Paul and Barry often welcomed guests onto the show, including actor Bobby Davro in 1996.

    Bobby Davro and the brothers

    Barry also appeared at Camp Bestival festival in 2016.

    Earlier this year, he and Paul returned to TV for their own Saturday teatime show on Channel 5, almost a decade after ChuckleVision ended.

    Barry Chuckle on stage

    Following Barry's death on August 5, six episodes of ChuckleVision were made available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.

    Chucklevision stars Barry and Paul
  2. Family tribute says 'part of their world is missing'

    Barry Chuckle's family have paid tribute to the late entertainer, following his death aged 73.

    Flowers for funeral

    Flowers and messages adorned the hearse carrying Barry's coffin.

    His brother and comedy partner Paul wrote a note saying: "Miss you Baz. Love Paul and Sue xx"

    Message from family

    There was also messages from his daughter saying how part of their world is missing following his death.

  3. Hearse leaves Rotherham stadium

    The hearse carrying the coffin of ChuckleVision star Barry Chuckle has left the New York Stadium, where a service had taken place.

    Hearse leaving

    Flowers reading "Dad" and "Bro" were in the hearse, following the 73-year-old's death earlier this month.

    Coffin in hearse

    The service, which lasted about an hour, had music including Emeli Sande's Next to Me and The Bee Gees' How Deep Is Your Love.

  4. In pictures: Fans pay final respects

    Hundreds of fans have been at the New York Stadium in Rotherham today paying their respects to South Yorkshire entertainer Barry Chuckle, who died earlier this month.

    Boy with shirt

    The 73-year-old brought joy and laughter to generations of people, with many children lining the street ahead of the funeral service.

    Families hug outside stadium

    Working as a duo with his comedy partner and younger brother Paul, their catchphrase "To me, to you" was heard as his coffin was carried into the stadium.

    Two girls with t shirts on with catchphrase
  5. Watch: Moment mourners applaud cortege

    This was the moment crowds paying their respects to Barry Chuckle spontaneously broke into applause.

    Fans had gathered outside the New York Stadium in Rotherham where his funeral service is taking place.

    Applause and shouts of "To me, to you" were heard as the coffin arrived.

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    Video caption: The moment the funeral cortege of Barry Chuckle arrives in Rotherham.
  6. Football club's tribute to Barry Chuckle

    The hometown football club of entertainer Barry Chuckle, whose real name was Barry Elliott, has paid tribute to the star.

    Rotherham United have shared this on Twitter - Barry was an honorary president of the club and a regular at matches.

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  7. Teenage fan remembers 'legend' Barry

    Oliver Wright

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    We've spoken to mourners aged from 14 to 86 today, showing the effect Barry Chuckle had on generations of people.

    Will Cowan wearing the t-shirt

    One fan, Will Cowan, 18, from Doncaster, came to pay his respects at the New York Stadium in Rotherham wearing a Chuckle Brothers t-shirt.

    "I can't remember when I started watching them to be honest, since I was born really.

    "It's been a really nice send-off for Barry. He's such a legend.

    "Even now you can still enjoy their sketches, it works if you're five or 95."

  8. 'To a Yorkshire lad, goodbye'

    About 400 people gathered for the funeral of ChuckleVision star Barry Chuckle this afternoon.

    Barbara Gamston

    Barbara Gamston, 86, Rotherham arrived at the stadium in her mobility scooter and homemade sign.

    "I came today because I wanted to show my respects for him and his brother for what they have done for Rotherham. They put this place on the map."

    Her sign reads 'To a Yorkshire lad, from a Yorkshire lass. Goodbye. From me to you RIP'.

  9. A brother's tears

    Paul Chuckle wiped away tears as he carried the coffin of his brother Barry during his funeral service.

    Paul Chuckle carries the coffin of his brother Barry

    Crowds of well-wishers had applauded as the cortege carrying the coffin of Barry Chuckle arrived at Rotherham United's New York Stadium.

    The cortege carrying the coffin of Barry Chuckle arrives at the New York Stadium.
  10. Watch: Paul Chuckle carries coffin of brother Barry

    Paul Chuckle, the brother of late entertainer Barry Chuckle, wiped away tears as he carried his brother's coffin into the New York Stadium in Rotherham earlier.

    Wearing a black suit and black tie, the younger brother was a pallbearer and carried the coffin into the players' entrance of the football stadium:

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    Video caption: Paul Chuckle, brother of late star Barry Chuckle, carries coffin into stadium.
  11. 'To me, to you' heard as coffin arrives

    Oliver Wright

    BBC News Online, Yorkshire

    I'm outside the New York Stadium in Rotherham as the funeral of Barry Chuckle takes place.


    The road up to the stadium was lined with hundreds of well wishers, keen to say goodbye to Barry Chuckle.

    Some had arrived as early as 10:00 to find a spot travelling from across Yorkshire and further afield.

    All the people I spoke to were delighted to share their happy memories of growing up watching him and his brother on TV or in pantomime.

    The famous faces he worked with through his career all painted a picture of a man who was a joy to work with and will be dearly missed.

    As the hearse approached a ripple of applause broke out among the crowd and a few shouts of "To me, to you" could be heard.

    There were at least a few people who shed a tear as his coffin was carried in to the stadium for the private service.

  12. Brother Paul carries Barry's coffin into stadium

    Paul 'Chuckle' Elliott carried the coffin of his brother, Barry, after arriving at the New York Stadium ahead of the funeral.

    Paul Chuckle

    Paul, who is the younger brother of 73-year-old Barry, was one of the pallbearers.

    Barry's coffin arrived at the stadium to a round of applause from about 400 mourners and shouts of "To me, to you."

  13. Barry Chuckle coffin arrives

    The coffin of Barry Chuckle has arrived at the New York Stadium in Rotherham to applause from mourners on the route.

    Coffin arriving at the New York Stadium

    The black hearse arrived followed by three limousines just minutes ago.

    About 400 people were there to welcome the TV star, who died earlier this month aged 73.

  14. Stars remember entertainment legend

    Stars and colleagues of Barry Chuckle are arriving at the New York Stadium in Rotherham ahead of his funeral today.

    Vicki Michelle

    Vicki Michelle, star of 'Allo 'Allo and Emmerdale, recalled her "favourite" memory of Barry being a night out in Birmingham where they were appearing in panto together and seeing Barry in dancing in a "Chuckle sandwich", with a girl either side of him.

    She said wherever he went people would ball out "To me, to you".

    "It's going to be sad today. My heart goes out to his family, his brother Paul in particular and his children."

    Billy Pearce

    Leeds entertainer Billy Pearce, dressed in a black suit and tie, said he'd miss the Rotherham born 73-year-old.

    "I think Barry would be honoured and elated to see that so many people loved him so much. I think that's the main thing and we will all miss him."

  15. Mourners line funeral route

    Hundreds of people have lined the route in Rotherham ahead of the funeral of TV star Barry Chuckle.

    Fans outside the New York Stadium

    The star, best known for his role in BBC show ChuckleVision, died aged 73 earlier this month.

    The coffin is expected to arrive at the stadium shortly ahead of a service.

  16. Barry Chuckle funeral: Why the New York Stadium?

    With the funeral of Barry Chuckle taking place at the New York Stadium this afternoon, you might be wondering why they've picked that as a venue.

    Paul and Barry with Rotherham United shirts

    Barry and brother Paul were appointed presidents of Rotherham United FC, having been born in the town.

    They were regularly seen at matches.

    It's thought Barry's coffin will be carried into the player's entrance of the stadium.

  17. Barry funeral 'can't be sombre', says Crackerjack star

    Fellow stars, friends and family are arriving at the New York Stadium in Rotherham ahead of the funeral of entertainer Barry Chuckle, who died at the age of 73.

    Don Maclean

    TV entertainer Don Maclean, who appeared on kid's show Crackerjack, said he first met Barry and Paul in 1977 in panto in Nottingham and went on to appear in many more shows over the years.

    Arriving at the funeral, he said: "Barry on stage was very funny but off stage he was quite a quiet man with a great depth of thought. He was a man of great intellect.

    "I don't think today can be a sombre affair. People will be very sad, It's a terrible thing to think that he had gone, but I think there must be laughter.

    "His life was about making people laugh, right across the generations."

  18. Chuckle fans remember Barry

    About 50 people are gathered outside the New York Stadium in Rotherham ahead of the funeral of entertainer Barry Chuckle.

    Chris Sutcliffe

    One of them, Chris Sutcliffe, has come from Leeds to pay his respects.

    The 26-year-old says he grew up watching ChuckleVision and has been a big fan since then.

    "It was great what they did. I like double acts and they were great together.

    "I saw them twice and I met them after the show and got an autograph.

    "They were both very friendly. They stayed for hours to speak to people after their shows."

  19. 'We asked Barry to come to our wedding' say Chuckle fans

    Fans of Barry Chuckle waiting to pay their respects for a final time have been telling us about how much the entertainer meant to them, even inviting him to their wedding.

    Lisa, Mark and son Ryan

    Lisa Scranage, 45, and her fiancé Mark Kitchen, 37, got to the New York Stadium in Rotherham with Lisa's 14-year-old son Ryan at about 10:00, having travelled from Featherstone near Wakefield.

    Lisa said she first watched Chucklevision as a child after school and her love of Barry and Paul grew from there, regularly going to shows and staying behind to chat to the duo becoming good friends with the brothers.

    "They have given us so much over the years as the Chuckle Brothers so this is the last chance to give a little bit back to Barry, to say goodbye and pay our respects," she said.

    Lisa and Mark, who recently got engaged, had asked Barry to come to their wedding.