Comedian Jethros funeral sees fans line streets as Jim Davidson leads tributes

Comedian Jethros funeral sees fans line streets as Jim Davidson leads tributes

01/03/2022

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A funeral for Cornish comedian Jethro has been held at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall – and emotional pictures showed fans lining the streets as they mourned the star.

The Cornwall comedy star, whose real name was Geoff Rowe, passed away on December 14 at the age of 73 after his battle with coronavirus.

Famous comedian Jim Davidson was seen in the crowd at the funeral proceedings – where the service was expected to begin at 12 noon on Monday (January 3).

Davidson hosted television shows such as Big Break and The Generation Game.

In emotional scenes, a crowd of locals gathered in the street in Truro and applauded the hearse carrying the comic – a stunning show of respect for the late local hero.

Other groups met in traditional black attire for the procession, and pallbearers were seen carrying the coffin into the cathedral for the service.

Inside the cathedral, Reverend Canon Alan Bashworth lead the packed ceremony for Geoff in a long red robe.

Outside the service, loudspeakers were arranged for those who couldn't secure a spot inside.

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The family will have a small private burial and have asked the public to "kindly respect our privacy and allow us to say our final goodbyes on our own."

There won't be a formal wake due to the ongoing pandemic.

A post on Facebook outlined the public funeral arrangements – and it announced that there will be a charity collection box accepting donations for the Children's Hospice South West.

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Jim previously paid tribute to his "good friend" Geoff in a video shared to YouTube.

He said:" "We're all broken-hearted. It's devastating. It's an understatement to say we're broken-hearted.

"It's a shock that these things happen so quickly.

"He was a great comedian, Jethro. He just liked to tell jokes, he liked jokes and his timing was immaculate. Even if you'd heard that old joke a million times he'd still make you laugh with it, he was unique.

"I never met anyone who had a bad word to say about him and that's the measure of a man for me.

"A great guy, I'll miss him."

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Jethro stopped touring in 2020 after more than 50 years on the road.

The comedian, who hailed from St Buryan in Cornwall, shot to popularity in the 1980s – making his first TV appearance on the Des O'Connor show in 1990.

In 2001, he appeared on the Royal Variety Show – becoming one of the biggest stars from Cornwall.

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