Dale Winton funeral David Walliams and Gloria Hunniford lead mourners as TV

Martine McCutcheon at the funeralCredit:Kirsty O’Connor /PA Vanessa Feltz and Ben Ofoedu arrive at Old Church, Marylebone RoadCredit:Kirsty O’Connor /PA Christopher Biggins and Claire Sweeney “He had a television in practically every room – which I’ve got – but he had a great big projection unit at home, and I went out and bought a better one.”And he came around to me and saw I’d got a better one, so he bought another better one. But I’ll always remember him as a very nice guy, very lovely.” Vanessa Feltz and Ben Ofoedu arrive at Old Church, 1 Marylebone Road Walliams, a close friend of Winton’s,  read If You Go, also recorded by Springfield, while McCutcheon read What Should Life Be?Speaking after the service, Mr Blackburn, the veteran broadcaster, said the funeral was a “good send-off” for Winton.”It was a lovely ceremony, it was really lovely,” he said. “He was a lovely guy, I knew him very well and it was very sad. He should still be here. I will remember him as being a nice person.” Christopher Biggins and Claire SweeneyCredit:Kirsty O’Connor /PA Tony Blackburn  Dale Winton’s coffin is carried into a church in central London on what would have been his 63rd birthdayCredit:Kirsty O’Connor /PA Martine McCutcheon Winton was found dead at his home in north London on April 18. Following his death, Walliams described him as “the best company, always outrageous & hilarious”, adding: “He adored being in show business & loved meeting fans.”The gameshow host’s death is being treated by Scotland Yard as unexplained but not suspicious. Winton became a household name with game shows such as Supermarket Sweep and National Lottery show In It To Win It.Supermarket Sweep, which saw contestants run around a mock-up shop collecting shopping items, was a hit in the 1990s and was later revived. Anthea Turner Claire Sweeney and the boy band Blue were set to perform, while comedian Jon Culshaw gave a tribute.Blue performed their hit One Love, while Sweeney sung Alfie, recorded by Cilla Black in 1965, and Going Back by Dusty Springfield. Ms Turner said the service was “the most beautiful hour-and-a-half” and that “Dale was there”. Anthea Turner outside the churchCredit:Kirsty O’Connor /PA Ms Feltz said that Winton was “a really adorable person” as she spoke after the funeral, which she said was a humanist service.The broadcaster told the Press Association: “He was extremely generous and funny and very, very kind. He’s really, properly missed.”He had a public persona and a public role and everybody knows about that, but as a friend and a real individual, he was extremely nice and kind, and just a lovely adornment to everyone’s lives.”She said the service was “really very moving, very heartfelt, very beautiful, with those magnificent white flowers on the coffin and in the church”, and that the church was “absolutely packed, there wasn’t a seat to be had”.”I think he would have loved it, he’d have really enjoyed it,” she added.”There were lots of jokes and lots of funny memories, and the music was all his favourite songs. It was just a shame that he wasn’t there.” David Walliams, Gloria Hunniford and Martine McCutcheon are among the star guests who led mourners at the funeral of Dale Winton.The Supermarket Sweep star died in April and was laid to rest at a church in central London on Tuesday, on what would have been his 63rd birthday.Tony Blackburn, Christopher Biggins, Matt Lucas, Steve Allen, Anthea Turner, Vanessa Feltz, Graeme Souness and Piers Morgan were also seen arriving for the service.An order of service for the funeral, held at One Marylebone, reveals that Walliams gave a reading, as well as former EastEnders star McCutcheon.The order of service shows Winton’s godsons Josh, Ben and Louis Linsey were also to give a tribute. She added, of Winton: “He would have been chuffed to have seen us all there.”It was very emotional, but it was beautifully produced and polished. You wouldn’t normally say that but in this instance it’s worth saying, and the people who put it together did the most magnificent job.”I’m truly glad I was there.”Turner joked that Winton would have perhaps liked there to be “more champagne” at the service, but that “he would have been very pleased”. Blackburn added: “I went round to his house. Actually, to be honest with you, it’s because of him that I have a projection unit at home. Tony Blackburn Credit:Kirsty O’Connor /PA Dale Winton Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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