In pictures: Eddie Large’s funeral cortege through Portishead

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It was too nice a day for a funeral.

Portishead High Street basked in warm spring sunshine as Eddie Large’s funeral cortege made its way slowly down it and on to South Bristol Crematorium.

Eddie’s wife Patsy had asked the people of Portishead – Eddie’s adopted home for 11 years – to come out and say goodbye to him. And they did.

More than 100 of them lined the road next to the Mirage building on the town’s Marina where Eddie and Patsy lived.

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And plenty more clapped the funeral cars along the High Street.

Local residents Tony and Deborah Jenkins were among them. They told Bristol Live: “We had to come down to the high street and we timed the trip so that we could pay our respects to Eddie.”

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Because of the current social distancing restrictions, the funeral had to be a small one.

The hearse bearing Eddie’s coffin came first, and went past to reveal a floral football in the blue and white of his beloved Manchester City alongside it.

His son Ryan and wife Patsy followed in a car behind and – behind them – came another car bearing Eddie’s showbusiness partner and lifelong friend Syd Little.

Syd, attending with his wife Sheree, gave the eulogy at the service.

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Eddie’s daughter Alison read a poem and the song ‘Run’ by Leona Lewis – a track which Eddie previously dedicated to Patsy due to its lyrics – was played.

A version of the theme music from the Little and Large show, recorded by pianist and BBC correspondent Steve Rosenburg in tribute to Eddie, was also played.

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“Steve was a fan of Eddie and this piece is beautiful, much slower than the original theme music and so moving,” said Patsy.

“It is a wonderful tribute to Eddie.”

For a later day, Patsy said a memorial was planned for Eddie.

She said: “We are planning a memorial when possible so we can all get together and celebrate Eddie’s life and have a good knees up for him.

“It’s what he would have wanted.”

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