Syd Little joins mourners for Eddie Large’s funeral

Hundreds of mourners have lined the streets to pay their respects to comedy great Eddie Large.

Members of the public carefully followed social distancing guidelines to applaud as the hearse carrying the comedian’s coffin drove down Portishead High Street to South Bristol Crematorium.

A large spray of flowers – in white and blue in a nod to his love of Manchester City FC – adorned his coffin.

Syd Little pays his respects to his comedy partner (Ben Birchall/PA)
Syd Little pays his respects to his comedy partner (Ben Birchall/PA)

Syd Little – Eddie’s sidekick for more than half a century – was pictured alongside his wife Sheree paying his respects to his comedy partner, who lived at the town’s marina with his wife Patsy.

They were among just 10 family and close friends allowed to attend the service due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Eddie Large funeral
Wellwishers applaud the hearse carrying Eddie Large through the streets of Portishead (Ben Birchall/PA)

The 78-year-old – real name Edward McGinnis – died on April 2 after contracting coronavirus while undergoing treatment in hospital for heart problems.

Large, who was born in Glasgow but grew up in Manchester, formed his double act with Little in 1963.

Comedy double act Little and Large
Eddie Large was one half of comedy double act Little and Large (PA)

The pair went on to win Opportunity Knocks and appeared regularly on TV for the next 20 years.

Their prime-time BBC One series The Little And Large Show attracted audiences of almost 15 million before it was axed in 1991.

In 2010, Large, who was famous for interrupting his co-star, revealed he had not spoken to Little for some time.

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