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Funeral plans revealed for Scottish actor Gerard Kelly

Image caption The actor Gerard Kelly, a star of TV, film and pantomime, died on 28 October

The funeral of actor Gerard Kelly will be on 12 November, with his cortege passing Glasgow's King's Theatre.

Glaswegian Mr Kelly, famous for his pantomime roles as well as TV and film appearances, died of a suspected brain aneurysm. He was 51.

The service will be at St Aloysius' Church in Garnethill, followed by a procession to Daldowie Crematorium.

Family spokesman Gary Barak said donations could be made towards the restoration of King's Theatre.

"We request that no flowers are to be sent and instead we are arranging, in conjunction with the King's Theatre, a fitting tribute to Gerard.

"We all think this is exactly what he would have wanted and as well as the tribute, funds will also go towards the restoration of King's Theatre in Gerard's name."

Image caption Kelly appeared alongside George Michael and Ricky Gervais in Extras

The service will begin at 1000 GMT on Friday, with the cortege slowly passing the theatre afterwards on the way to Daldowie.

Mr Barak also confirmed a memorial service will be held at the King's early next year.

Mr Kelly died at West Middlesex University Hospital on 28 October - it is understood he collapsed at his London home two days earlier.

He was best known for his role as Willie Melvin in the 1980s comedy City Lights, and other credits included EastEnders, Extras, Rab C Nesbitt and Scotch and Wry.

Mr Kelly had been due to star in The Rocky Horror Show at the King's Theatre before beginning his regular pantomime run.

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