Comic Freddie Starr is to be laid to relaxation in Merseyside later, a month after his demise at the age of 76.
Fans have been invited to pay attention to the funeral service on audio system outdoors Prescot Parish Church from 13:00 BST.
Starr’s coffin has the phrases “Liverpool legend” engraved on one facet and “Return to sender” on the opposite.
Starr usually carried out as an Elvis Presley impersonator, and Return to Sender was one of many songs he lined on his 1981 album Spirit of Elvis.
There have been fears the comic and singer may have a pauper’s funeral in Spain, the place he lived at the top of his life, till a UK funeral director stepped in.
Sheffield-based undertaker Michael Fogg provided to assist after seeing studies in regards to the entertainer’s potential resting place.
“I saw on social media that he was going to have a pauper’s funeral in Spain,” Mr Fogg informed BBC Information. “I couldn’t believe it to be truthful with you, and thought, this is going to be wrong.”
Starr’s household noticed a put up Mr Fogg placed on social media, and accepted his supply to make and pay for the mandatory preparations.
“I just wanted him to have a proper funeral. I enjoyed watching him on TV. He made me laugh. And anybody who can make an undertaker laugh must be a bloody good comedian.”
Mr Fogg has lined the £20,000 value of repatriating Starr’s physique and organising the service in Prescot. Starr grew up in close by Huyton and might be buried subsequent to his mom.
“The main thing is that Freddie Starr has a send-off that he deserves, and the fans of Freddie Starr can also grieve properly for somebody who’s passed away,” Mr Fogg stated. “And to grieve you need a funeral. So that’s what he’s having.”
Members of the family are anticipated to attend the funeral. Starr was married 4 occasions and had six youngsters.
Fans have been requested to put on a purple tie or a purple rose to honour his well-known Teddy Boy jacket.
After the entertainer died, fellow comedian Bobby Davro described him as “the funniest man I have ever seen”, whereas presenter Amanda Holden stated he must be “remembered with a smile”.
Starr rose to prominence within the early 1970s after showing on the TV expertise present Alternative Knocks. He grew to become a fixture on TV within the 70s and 80s, and famously featured in The Solar newspaper’s “Freddie Starr ate my hamster” headline in 1986.
In 2012, he was arrested by police investigating allegations of historic sexual offences, however he was by no means charged.
In 2015, he lost a defamation claim against an accuser who stated he groped her when she was 15. Starr had denied the claims and sought damages for alleged slander and libel.
He later took half in ITV’s I am a Superstar but left the show after being taken to hospital following a suspected allergic reaction.
He suffered from in poor health well being and in 2010 had bypass surgical procedure after a coronary heart assault.