Hundreds attend Dave Lee's funeral in Canterbury

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of the Kent comedian and pantomime star Dave Lee at Canterbury Cathedral.

Lee, 64, who was described as an "incredible comedian" and a "wonderful ambassador for Kent", died of pancreatic cancer two weeks ago.

He starred in more than 1,000 pantomime performances over 16 years at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.

Comedians Jim Davidson and Richard Digance were among the mourners.

The Lord Mayor of Canterbury and councillors also attended the service.

Freedom of city

Very Reverend Robert Willis, dean of Canterbury Cathedral, said: "My chief memory of him is one of always being caused to smile wherever he was.

"I remember at the cricket lunch I said a grace which raised a little bit of a laugh and he leaned over and said 'Look that's my job not yours. You keep in your place.'"

On Tuesday he will be posthumously awarded the Freedom of the City in a ceremony at the Guildhall.

In 2003, Lee was appointed MBE.

His charity, Dave Lee's Happy Holidays, helped thousands of Kent-based sick, disabled and under-privileged children and their immediate families to enjoy holidays and outings.

Lee, who was born in Broadstairs, began his television career as a warm-up man for Michael Parkinson, Michael Aspel and Jimmy Tarbuck.

He also appeared in shows including The Generation Game, Celebrity Squares, Live from the Palladium, and hosted his own golfing series.

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