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Blue perform at star-studded send off for Dale Winton

Jasmine Andersson May 22, 2018
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Dale Winton’s funeral was carried out in style as a roster of celebrities and even musical performances took place at the ceremony on Tuesday.

Boyband Blue performed at the service to honour the late presenter at event space One Marylebone, while close friends David Walliams and Claire Sweeney gave readings at the commemoration.

“Was such a honour to of sung with my boys today for #dalewinton’s funeral,” tweeted member of Blue, Duncan James.

“He was such an amazing and gorgeous man inside and out who will be truly missed. RIP Dale Xxx”

The ceremony was performed on what would have been the presenter’s 63rd birthday.

Supermarket Sweep presenter and TV personality Dale Winton will be laid to rest in a Humanist ceremony on Tuesday.

The star died on April 18 in his own home in Regent’s Park, London.

The Humanist ceremony will see the likes of Christopher Biggins and Gloria Hunniford were also in attendance at the event.

Dale Winton (Getty)

“We’re very proud to be giving the humanist funeral of a national treasure, Dale Winton,” Humanists UK said in a statement.

“He was loved so much and by so many – and his loved ones will be celebrating the life he led and the positive impact he had on their lives.”

The ceremony is taking place at One Marylebone, which is nearby to Winton’s former residence in Regent’s Park, reports The Mirror.

Dale Winton attends the wedding of David Walliams and Lara Stone at Claridge’s Hotel on May 16, 2010 in London, England. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty)

Winton’s agent Jan Kennedy confirmed the presenter’s death.

Kennedy said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

“While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.”

The Supermarket Sweep presenter came out as gay in his autobiography My Story in 2002.

The In It To Win It host said he never officially came out because nobody ever asked about his sexual orientation.

“The truth – it’s absolutely the truth – is that no one ever asked me. I did countless interviews over the years and I was always waiting for the question. It never came. It became a game, the ambiguity of it all.

“And I’m not a banner-waving gay guy, because I actually don’t believe it’s important. People never say ‘vehement heterosexual Michael Parkinson,’ but it will say ‘camp gay entertainer Graham Norton’ or ‘Dale Winton’ since I’ve officially come out.”

Related topics: Dale Winton, gay celebrities, supermarket sweep

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