Barbara Windsor entertains guests at funeral amid dementia struggle

Dame Barbara Windsor is at heart an entertainer and despite her dementia struggles, pal Christopher Biggins reveals she kept spirits high at a family wake.

Biggins, 70, has been friends with Barbara, 81, for decades and has kept close contact with her and her husband Scott as she battle dementia.

As it turns out, Barbara still has her iconic giggle and her desire for fun is still going strong, with Scott particularly touched at her upbeat nature at his father’s funeral last month.

Speaking to The Sun, Biggins said: ‘Scott told me a sweet story.

‘When his father died she went down there to support Scott and at the Shiva, which they have at the Jewish faith, she was tap dancing and singing and entertaining the women.

‘It was just like she came to, for a couple of hours, to give her bit to her husband’s father. It was just wonderful. She got wonderful applause.’

Scott, 56, has been married to the Eastenders legend for the past 19 years, and has been making sure she’s taken care of as her ill health and failing memory overcomes her.

The actress revealed she had Alzheimer’s last year, after secretly fighting the disease for the past four years.

Since then, her former Eastenders co-stars have rallied around her, even running the London Marathon earlier this year in her honour.

However, the star’s health has taken a turn, with good days getting fewer and Barbara admitting that she was getting ‘scared’ over her memory loss.

‘It’s very much good days and bad days,’ Scott told Lorraine back in April.

‘As a lot of people who are going through the same thing will know and in our case, and everything is individual with everyone, I’ve always said the evenings are much worse.’

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