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Author Sue Townsend’s Funeral in Leicester

Hundreds of mourners turned out for the funeral of author Sue Townsend in Leicester.


The ceremony was held at the 1,500 seat De Montfort Hall and was shown on a big screen outside.



There was a collection of music and readings by friends and family, including Stephen Mangan, who played Adrian Mole in a TV adaptation of her best-known book.


A private family cremation service was held afterwards


The author, who was given the Honorary Freedom of Leicester, died in April after a short illness.


Mr Mangan read an extract from Townsend’s book Mr Bevan’s Dream, a work on the decline of the welfare state in the 1980s.


He was among about 500 friends, family, and fans at the funeral.


TV chef Jamie Oliver was also among the mourners.

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