A hundred people turn out to pay their respects to Brighton-based actress Dora Bryan at her funeral

Dora Bryan's life celebrated at her funeral

Dora Bryan's coffin is blessed by Rev Dr Andrew Manson-Brailsford before being taken into her funeral service at St George's Church in Kemp Town Brighton. Picture: Simon Dack (SD060814D1)

Dora Bryan's coffin is carried out and followed by her sons William and Daniel Lawton after her funeral service at St George's Church in Kemp Town Brighton. Picture: Simon Dack (SD060814D2)

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SCORES of people have turned out for the funeral of actress Dora Bryan.

Dora Bryan passed away two weeks ago aged 91a fter a chest infection.

Family, friends and fans came together at St George's Church in Kemp Town to pay their respect to the BAFTA award-winning actress.

Mrs Bryan was best known for her role in A Taste of Honey, for which she won the best actress BAFTA , her roles in TV shows Last of the Summer Wine and Absolutely Fabulous.

One of the most famous faces at her funeral was actor Christopher Biggins.

Speaking to The Argus after the service, he said: “It’s not often you get a star in this business who is so nice.

“I think it was a great, fitting tribute to her and very moving.

“I remember when I was asked to star with her [at Theatre Royal Brighton] and I said yes, because it was a great honour.

“She was a one-off – she was rich in everything you could possibly ask for.”

Brighton alternative panto producer Brian Ralfe attended the funeral of Mrs Bryan’s husband William Lawton in 2008 and was at today's ceremony.

He said: “It was an excellent service.

“It is going to be a terrible loss for the people of Kemp Town and her fans.”

Scores of fans were in attendance for the funeral.

Jill Dearing, 72, of Brighton, came to pay her respects.

She said: “Being local you just remembered her. She was a fun and witty person.

“It doesn't matter what age, it is still a shame.”

Sylvia and George Hutchison of High Street, Brighton, remember her appearances in A Taste Of Honey and Last Of The Summer Wine.

Sylvia said: “She was full of fun and humour. It's all about Dora today.”

Her husband George added: “She was marvellous. She will be sadly missed.”

Graham Toulson, 66, of Angmering, used to catch the train with her between Brighton and London while working at a theatre in the capital.

He said: “It is sad really because she is a local celebrity.”

Mrs Bryan's coffin left the church to a round of applause. 

A private procession headed towards Woodvale Crematorium where Mrs Bryan was cremated.

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5:10pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

A legend has left the building. Good night, Dora.
A legend has left the building. Good night, Dora. Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: 19

5:46pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Sussex jim says...

A sad loss for the town of someone who I remember campaigned against the demise of the Brighton Belle in 1972.
A sad loss for the town of someone who I remember campaigned against the demise of the Brighton Belle in 1972. Sussex jim
  • Score: 16

6:09pm Wed 6 Aug 14

John60 says...

I worked with her on the Full Monty, the musical in the west end some 10 or so years ago when her husband Bill was still alive. She was such a nice lady and it was all so very sad that she ended up in an old peoples home. R.I.P. Dora ****
I worked with her on the Full Monty, the musical in the west end some 10 or so years ago when her husband Bill was still alive. She was such a nice lady and it was all so very sad that she ended up in an old peoples home. R.I.P. Dora **** John60
  • Score: 13

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