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Mourners arrive at Lynda Bellingham's funeral

Friends, family and former colleagues from the world of entertainment have been arriving at St Bartholomew's Church in Crewkerne, Somerset to pay tribute to the actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham. She died last month at the age of 66 after a long battle with cancer.

Here are some of the pictures

Lynda Bellingham makes her final journey through Crewkerne Credit: PA
Michael Pattemore (front left), son Robert (front right) and her step-son Bradley (second from left) carry the coffin of Lynda Bellingham into St Bartholomew's Church Credit: PA
Michael Bellingham, son of the late Lynda Bellingham, is hugged as he arrives for the funeral of his mother at St Bartholomew's Church Credit: PA
Actress Julia Sawalha (second left) was among those who paid their respects Credit: PA
Christopher Biggins was among those who made the journey to Crewkerne Credit: PA
Jane McDonald (second left), Andrea McLean (third right) and Kate Thornton (right) came to pay tribute to their "Loose Women" colleague Credit: PA
Fellow actor Robert Lindsay was among the mourners Credit: PA
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes also came to Somerset to say farewell to Lynda Bellingham Credit: PA
And many more mourners came to the church to pay tribute to Lynda Bellingham Credit: PA

Final farewell for actress Lynda Bellingham

The funeral of Lynda Bellingham is due to take place in Somerset Credit: PA

The friends and family of Lynda Bellingham will gather today to say goodbye to the actress who died last month.

Her husband, Michael Pattemore, and friends from the world of television will pay tribute to the star at her funeral in the Somerset town of Crewkerne.

The actress, best known for her long-running role as the mother in the Oxo TV adverts, had colon cancer which later spread to her lungs and liver.

She was diagnosed with cancer last July and said she decided to end her treatment to limit the amount of suffering her family would witness.

I can tell you now that the words on her gravestone will be 'The curtain went up on May 31 1948, and the final curtain went down on October 19 2014'.

– Michael Pattemore, Lynda Bellingham's husband

Artist's Oxo cube tribute to Lynda Bellingham

Lynda Bellingham will be buried in Somerset tomorrow Credit: Nathan Wyburn

An artist has created an original tribute to late presenter Lynda Bellingham, whose funeral will take place in Somerset tomorrow, made entirely from beef Oxo cubes and water. Nathan Wyburn, 23 is also known as the 'toast artist' after performing on Britain’s Got Talent.

It took me just over two hours to complete the portrait using 10 OXO cubes dissolved in water to get the correct consistency.

I had received several messages via social media suggesting I create the tribute portrait – it seemed so fitting.

Lynda was such a cheerful woman, I’m certain she would have seen the fun and humour in the work.

– NATHAN WYBURN, ARTIST

Presenter Lynda Bellingham died earlier this month at the age of sixty-six after battling colon cancer. She was widely known for her role in the Oxo family TV adverts that ran between 1983 and 1999.

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Lynda Bellingham to be buried in Somerset

Lynda Bellingham to be buried in Somerset Credit: PA

Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who lost her battle with cancer yesterday at the age of 66 is to be buried in Somerset. Lynda was married to Michael Pattemore from Crewkerne who bought the couple a plot for them both.

Lynda has chronicled her final months living with cancer in her book There’s Something I’ve Been Dying to Tell You, which will be published next week.

In her memoirs, she writes: “Does one choose a funeral with hymns and prayers that suit only the deceased? Surely part of the mourning process is for the loved ones left behind? Should they not be allowed some say?

“Michael thinks it would be great for our friend Peter Delaney, the vicar who married us, to come down to Somerset – Michael’s old stomping ground and a place we love – and conduct the service there.

“I say: ‘I wouldn’t expect everyone to have to come all the way down here to pay their respects. I want a tribute, or something that is nice and handy and anyone who fancies coming in and saying goodbye can do so easily, not have to get on a train for three hours.’

“We have reached a compromise, I think, and there will be a service in Somerset and a knees-up in London. So if you are passing, do drop in for a quick boogie.”

Ambulance involved in crash on A30 in Somerset

An ambulance was involved in a crash that closed the A30 Yeovil Road in Crewkerne for more than an hour.

It happened at 5.30pm this evening (Thursday 4 September) between the South Western Ambulance and a car near Ashlands Road.

Police and the ambulance service's rapid response vehicle were called to the scene.

The South Western Ambulance Service says a paramedic checked the occupants and nobody was hurt.

A spokesperson said that the ambulance in the crash was not on its way to an incident at the time.

Appeal for witnesses after Crewkerne crash death

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 49-year-old man died in a car crash near Crewkerne, Somerset.

The collision, involving three vehicles, happened at Turnpike Cross on the A356, between the A303 and Crewkerne at around 5pm Friday 24 January.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Collision Investigation Unit via the non-emergency number 101.

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