Herbert Howe: Liverpool funeral held for 'King of Bling' hairdresser

Order of service and crowds as hearse passes outside Herbert hairdresser's shop in Liverpool
Image caption The funeral procession, which started outside Herbert Howe's hair salon in Hanover Street, drew large crowds

Crowds of people have attended the funeral of celebrity hairdresser and charity fundraiser Herbert "The King of Bling" Howe.

The owner and founder of Herbert of Liverpool died aged 72 on 20 October.

Mourners packed into the city's Anglican Cathedral to pay their final respects on Friday, including one of his friends, the comedian Ken Dodd.

The cortege included Howe's famous Cadillac, a classic car bearing the registration plate Bling1.

Image caption Alongside Mr Howe's Cadillac, there were three stretch limousines in the cortege
Image caption Comedian Ken Dodd attended the ceremony at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral
Image caption Mr Howe's family wanted everyone to wear pink and black

Mr Howe, who had suffered from cancer, flirted with politics and briefly stood for Mayor of Liverpool in 2012 as an independent candidate but withdrew because of what he described as the "viperous attitude" of local politics.

He featured on ITV docu-soap Shampoo, Channel 5's Celebrity Super Spa and regularly contributed to BBC Radio Merseyside.

Mr Howe also set up Queenie's Christmas charity in memory of his mother.

Image caption Friend and fellow hairdresser Andrew Collinge said Mr Howe was "a great man", a "great hairdresser" and "very kind" man
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Image caption Herbert Howe stood for Mayor of Liverpool and featured in ITV docu-soap Shampoo

The cortege left his salon - known as the Bling Bling Building - at 11:30 GMT as hundreds lined Hanover Street, which was closed for the procession.

Radio presenters Pete Price and Linda McDermott spoke at the service, with the former asking mourners to give his late friend a standing ovation.

Celebrities including fellow hairdresser Andrew Collinge and former Liverpool and England footballer Sammy Lee were in the congregation.

Paying tribute, Mr Collinge said Mr Howe was "a great man - as we know a much loved part of Liverpool - and a great hairdresser" whose "work for good causes was unparalleled".

Image caption A red carpet was laid in front of the entrance to Mr Howe's hairdressers and Alfie Bubbles wore this pink tribute to his friend
Image caption More than 1,000 people attended the service
Image caption This man brought his dog - also dressed in pink

Liverpool stars Claire Sweeney, Jennifer Ellison, Danielle Lloyd and Ray Quinn also paid their respects.

Mr Howe will be cremated at a private ceremony later.

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