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Stars say goodbye to John Inman
Wendy Richard at the funeral of John Inman
Wendy Richard said Inman would be "greatly missed"
Family and friends of John Inman have attended the actor's funeral in London.

Wendy Richard, his co-star in Are You Being Served?, was joined by actress Barbara Windsor, entertainer Danny La Rue and Inman's partner Ron Lynch.

"It's a sad day but we'll give him a good send-off," Windsor said before the service at Golders Green crematorium.

Inman, best known for his role as camp salesman Mr Humphries in Are You Being Served?, died earlier this month at the age of 71.

"John Inman was without a doubt - and you'll see from the turnout - one of the loveliest, sweetest men in our business," Windsor said.

"I was very fortunate to have worked with him, and I knew him for over 30 years."

Barbara Windsor
EastEnders actress Barbara Windsor was among Inman's friends
Inman, who coined the phrase "I'm free!" in the long-running TV sitcom, died in hospital on 8 March.

The Preston-born actor had been suffering from a Hepatitis A infection for some time.

"He's going to be greatly missed," said Wendy Richard, who played Miss Brahms in the show.

Danny La Rue said he was "very sad but fine".

"There are many happy memories for us, 44 years we've known each other. This is for John," he added.

Frank Thornton, who starred in Are You Being Served? as Captain Peacock, was also among the mourners.

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