Barry Chuckle's family confirm funeral details

Barry Chuckle's family has confirmed that his funeral is due to take place next Friday (August 17) at the New York Stadium in Rotherham.

Family and friends will celebrate Barry's life during the service, after the veteran entertainer passed away earlier this month at the age of 73.

The stadium is the home of Rotherham United football club, of which Barry and his brother Paul were honorary life presidents, and those who wish to pay their respects to Barry are invited to line the streets outside the venue.

"As a family we would welcome fans to celebrate his life and pay their respects with us, outside of the New York stadium," a statement released by the family today (August 9) read ( Huffington Post).

"There is an event for invited family and close friends which respectfully is private and by invite only. We are overwhelmed with the love and support we have received over the last few days, and thank everyone concerned."

Earlier this week, Barry's older brother Jimmy Patton shared that Barry had been ill for years before his death, revealing that he had bone cancer that had spread to his lungs.

"We knew about it, but kept it quiet, and all the family are really hurting right now," Jimmy added.

Meanwhile, Barry's brother and comedy partner Paul released a statement adding that he wasn't aware of how seriously ill his brother was until recently, stating that Barry wanted to "die on stage".

"I still can't believe he's gone and that we will never perform together again," Paul said. "I knew nothing of how serious his illness was until fairly recently. He always said that he wanted to die on stage and that he would work right to the end which he more or less did."

Earlier today, Paul also posted a message on Twitter thanking everyone for their messages.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone for all your messages, they've been hard to read but I read every one," he said.

"Its the worst feeling ever, but I have to carry on as I know Barry would want me to having always been so supportive of each other in both work and our personal lives."