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Tartan tribute for variety star

Fran and Anna
Fran and Anna became household names in the early 1970s

Family and friends of variety star Anna Watt having been paying their last respects at her funeral in Lanarkshire.

Mourners packed into St Augustine's RC Church in Coatbridge, where the star, one half of sibling duo Fran and Anna, had also been baptised.

Ms Watt died aged 85 at the St Andrew's Hospice in Airdrie on Thursday.

The sisters found fame touring music halls in the 1950s. Three of Anna's young relatives donned tartan tights in tribute to the star.

Canon James Foley, who led the service, said that Anna was someone who managed to successfully balance both aspects of her life.

He said: "She had a very busy and hectic career but there was another side that we have come to know very well, her spiritual life.

"This parish and community of faith meant everything to her.

Relatives wearing tartan tights
Three of the variety star's relatives wore tartan tights to the funeral
"Anna very clearly knew how to bring these extremes together in her life."

Fran and Anna were the daughters of a children's entertainer and made their stage debut as youngsters, becoming a national favourite in the 1970s when they performed clad in mini-kilts and tartan bunnets.

They performed regularly on STV's Thingummyjig and in the 1980s made an appearance on the BBC chat show Wogan.

Fran died in October 2003, at the age of 81.

The tartan-edged Order of Service at the funeral featured photos from the pair's career, showing them with Telly Savalas at Gleneagles and holding their British Empire Medals in 1989.

Alison Letham, 20, a distant cousin of Ms Watt, was one of the three girls who donned tartan tights.

She said: "We did it as a fashion statement and because Fran and Anna always had the tartan and we did it for their tribute.

"It is something they would appreciate because they were always quite into fashion."

After the service Ms Watt was laid to rest at Old Monkland Cemetery.

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