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Barker's memorial opens to fans
Ronnie Barker
Ronnie Barker died in October 2005
Fans of the late comic Ronnie Barker are being given the opportunity to attend a memorial service for him at London's Westminster Abbey.

Friends, family and fellow comedians are due to attend the event on 3 March to pay tribute to the Two Ronnies star, who died in October at the age of 76.

Some tickets for the memorial are still available to those who apply through the abbey.

Barker's comedy partner Ronnie Corbett will deliver the eulogy at the service.

The pair worked together as The Two Ronnies for 40 years, attracting TV audiences of 17 million viewers.

It is only the third time a comic has received a memorial service at Westminster Abbey, after Joyce Grenfell in 1980 and Les Dawson in 1994.

"The abbey provides memorial services for many people who have touched the nation's heart, and thousands of people enjoyed Ronnie Barker's work," said the spokeswoman.

Celebratory event

"It will take the form of a memorial service but there will probably be lots of laughter as well.

"It will be a celebratory event rather than a sad one, celebrating Ronnie Barker's life.

The service will be conducted by the Reverend Canon Robert Wright.

"The abbey holds up to 2,000 so that will hopefully be how many will be there," added the abbey spokeswoman.

"It's not full yet so people can write in and apply for tickets.

To apply for tickets send a self-addressed envelopes to: The Chapter Office, 20 Dean's Yard, Westminster Abbey, London SW1P3PA.

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