Barry Chuckle will be laid to rest in his hometown of Rotherham as thousands of fans are expected to line the streets for the funeral

The Chuckle Brothers star – whose real name was Barry Elliott – passed away on Sunday at the age of 73.

In arrangements announced in a family statement for the funeral taking place on Friday August 17, it was revealed that hundreds of fans are expected to line the streets of the South Yorkshire town where he grew up.

A public celebration of the comedy legend's life will be held followed by a private funeral at Rotherham United's New York stadium.

They asked that fans wishing to pay their respects to gather in the surrounding streets.

The family wrote: "As a family we would welcome fans to celebrate his life and pay their respects with us, outside of the New York stadium.

"There is an event for invited family and close friends which respectfully is private and by invite only”.

“We are overwhelmed with the love and support we have received over the last few days, and thank everyone concerned!”

It comes as Barry's eldest brother revealed days ago how the TV comedy legend's secret battle with bone cancer left him "gulping for air".

Jimmy Patton, 86, said the family were devastated at his death.

Speaking to The Sun Online from his home in Rotherham, Jimmy said he saw Barry just two days before he died.

He said: "He needed oxygen from a tank and was gulping for air – he was in a very bad way.

"Barry had bone cancer which had spread to his lungs.

"He was ill for years, but kept it hidden.

"We knew about it, but kept it quiet, and all the family and his daughters are really hurting right now."

Following his death Barry's manager Phil Dale said in a statement : "It is with great sadness that the family announce that Barry passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Ann and all his family.

"Barry with Paul had recently filmed a new series titled Chuckle Time for Channel 5 and he said it was just like the wonderful days of filming ChuckleVision for BBC One.

"The family would like to express their thanks to the many people who have been fans of The Chuckle Brothers and they know that they will share in part the great, great loss they feel."

Paul Elliott, 70, added in a statement: "I've not just lost my brother, I've lost my theatrical partner of many, many years and my very best friend."

Tributes poured in from the world of TV, sport and music following the announcement of the death.

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