Gloria Minghella's funeral taking place today

The funeral of Gloria Minghella, of Minghella icecreams, will take place today in Ryde, IOW.

Hundreds pay their final respects to the 'Queen Mother of the Isle of Wight'

Today, hundreds of people - including actors and comedians - paid their final respects to Gloria Minghella who died at the age of 83.

The much-loved islander founded Minghella's Ice cream with her husband Edward in 1950.

And she was mother to the famous film director Anthony Minghella. She also received an MBE from the Queen in 2007 for her services to the community. From Ryde, Richard Slee reports.


Minghella's daughters express grief ahead of funeral


My mum was married in St Mary's Church, Ryde, in 1950. Today we hold her funeral there, mourning with the whole community. #myyearwithoutmum


Struggling to write my tribute to Mum for her funeral on Tuesday. She always found the right words at the most difficult moments #missingMum

Minghella "Queen mum of IOW" funeral takes place

Gloria Minghella's funeral will take place in the Isle of Wight today Credit: PA Wire

The funeral of Gloria Minghella, of Minghella icecream, will take place today in the Isle of Wight.

Gloria was dubbed the 'Queen mum of the IOW' as she headed the ice-cream business on the island, was involved in various charity work and was previously Deputy Lord Lieutenant for the island.

She died on Thursday 27th March and left behind her husband, who she co-founded the Minghella business with, and four grown-up children.

Her son Dominic Minghella, who was a producer for Doc Martin and Robin Hood, paid tribute to his late mum on his website: "You can imagine our pain. You cannot imagine our pride."