Hearse applauded on way to funeral for Eddie Large
Hundreds of people have lined the streets of Bristol to pay their respects to Eddie Large as the hearse carrying his coffin was driven to the comedian’s funeral.
Video posted online showed people following social distancing guidelines as the vehicle set off and some clapped as it travelled down Portishead High Street to South Bristol Crematorium.
Inside the hearse, a spray of light blue flowers were placed on the coffin, a nod to his support for reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.
Only 10 family and close friends were allowed to attend the service because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Syd Little, Eddie Large’s comedy partner for more than half a century, was among them, alongside his wife, Sheree.
Today I say goodbye to the best Dad I could ever have asked for.
I hope I made you proud & that I continue to do so.I will miss you so much & will cherish all the happy memories. I will miss chatting everyday about @ManCity and your unconditional love for us.
Bye Dad#eddielarge pic.twitter.com/PLYdEtKnyT
— Ryan McGinnis (@rgemcginnis) April 24, 2020
Large, 78 – real name Edward McGinnis – died on 2 April after contracting coronavirus while having treatment in hospital for heart problems.
His son, Ryan McGinnis, tweeted that his father, was “the best Dad I could ever have asked for”.
Large, who was born in Glasgow but grew up in Manchester, formed the Little And Large double act with Little in 1963.
The pair went on to win Opportunity Knocks and appeared regularly on TV for the next 20 years.
Their prime-time BBC One series The Little And Large Show attracted audiences of almost 15 million before it was axed in 1991.
In 2010, Large, who was famous for interrupting his co-star, revealed he had not spoken to Little for some time.