The church was full to overflowing for the funeral of long-standing Variety Golf member, singer Kenny Lynch, who died on Dec 18th at the age of 81.

Fondly known as “Kipper”, Kenny was best known for his Top 10 chart hit Up On The Roof in the early 1960s, and appeared with The Beatles on their first British tour in 1963 when both acts were on the bill for a string of dates headed by singer Helen Shapiro, the Hackney schoolgirl who made it big in showbiz four years earlier.

Leading the tributes during the service which started fifteen minutes late, Variety Golf President, Jimmy Tarbuck, said “Kenny was one of the nicest men you might have been lucky to know. But he was always late – and he was today”.

Amongst other distinguished members and celebrities present were Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Tom Jones, Robert Powell, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jim Davidson.