Stars from the world of showbusiness turned out today to celebrate the life of comic genius Spike Milligan.
There were more laughs than tears at the thanksgiving service, which was a fitting tribute to the man comedian Eddie Izzard described as the ‘‘Godfather of alternative comedy’’.
Stephen Fry, Peter O’Toole, Joanna Lumley and Eric Sykes were among the stars paying tribute to Milligan at St Martin-in-the-Fields, in Trafalgar Square, central London.
Other famous faces included Terry Wogan, Bill Wyman, June Whitfield, Paul Merton and Beatle producer George Martin.
Milligan’s death in February at the age of 83 marked the end of an era of British comedy.
He was the last of the Goons, the seminal comedy quartet he formed along with Sir Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers and Michael Bentine.