Farewell, Private Pike

An icon of the last years of the old Britain has passed. Dad's Army star Ian Lavender was remembered by celebs and villagers alike at his funeral at St Mary's Church in Woolpit, Suffolk on Thursday. 

The actor, best known as the young Private Pike, was the last remaining main cast member from the wartime-set show and died on Friday, February 2 aged 77, with his wife and sons at his side.

The service included an emotional rendition of Bring Him Home by Alfie Boe and Rick Wakeman as well as touching tributes to his role in Dad's Army. 

It was a light-hearted show, but its gentle innocence and playful cynicism made it much-loved by several generations of true Brits. Today more than ever, it reminds us almost painfully of the England and the Britain we have lost. Or, rather, wgich has been stolen from us and given away. Rest In Peace, old friend.

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