The funeral service honouring the late TV entertainer, who died last month at the age of 85 after a battle with motor neurone disease, was held at the St John the Evangelist Church in Croydon, South London.

Mourners in attendance included Little Britain star David Walliams, veteran broadcaster Michael Parkinson, comedian Harry Hill and Ronnie's close friend and fellow funnyman Jimmy Tarbuck.

Speaking about his friend, Parkinson told the Press Association, "What you saw is what you got. He was modest, self-effacing, he was a brilliant comic, very good actor too, very good comedy actor. And as a guy to be a friend of his was just unbeatable," adding that the funeral would be a, "sad day".

Tarbuck added, "He was much loved. Very correct guy, very funny fellow. Disciplinarian - I think that was because he was an officer in the RAF. But he was great company. I mean he was a terrific laugh. Dreadful giggler. He used to get me at it when we worked together."

His wife Anne Hart, 82, was also in attendance after a health scare saw her admitted to hospital in the run-up to the funeral.

Speaking about Anne's health scare on the eve of the funeral, Corbett family friend Michael Thornton said, "I'm extremely relieved to be able to say that Anne is OK. They (doctors) only kept her in for a couple of days for a safety-first health examination, and she is now back home with her family around her."

However one of Corbett's TV contemporaries and friends, Bruce Forsyth, was too unwell to attend as he is recovering from surgery.

As the comedian's coffin was carried from the church after the service, a recording of him singing the song Up's The Only Way To Go.

The Scottish star was perhaps best known as one half of the TV duo the The Two Ronnies alongside Ronnie Barker, who died in 2005. Members of Barker's family attended the service to remember his comedy partner.

After the funeral, a private wake was held at Addington Golf Club, Surrey, England. Corbett, who was an avid golfer was a member of the club, which will hold a charity golf tournament in his honour in June (16).

His family are believed to have asked for donations to be made to MND, the motor neurone disease association or St Christopher's Hospice, South London.

As well as his wife of 50 years, Corbett is survived by his two daughters, Sophie and Emma.