‘I feel Barry's with me all the time’ — Chuckle Paul on second anniversary of brother’s death

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Barry and Paul Chuckle
GRIEVING entertainer Paul Chuckle has set up an online tribute page to his brother Barry — and the public are invited to add their memories of the much-loved comic.

Today is the second anniversary of Barry ‘Chuckle’ Elliott's death after he passed away, aged 73 from cancer.

Paul said he can feel his brother’s presence “all the time” — and sees him in every dream.

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He has now set up a tribute page to his fellow ChuckleVision star on Marie Curie’s newly-launched Memory Cloud — a free online space to reflect on a loved one’s life

Paul, an ambassador for the charity, said: “I feel Barry's with me all the time. He didn't believe in an after-life, but I always did. And now every dream I have, he's there — not old or how he was at the end, but middle-aged.

“I think he's telling me that he was wrong and there is an after-life. I'll remember all the fun we had on stage forever — every time we worked together. It's nice to know he will be remembered by so many other people too.”

Tributes have been added by Rotherham United, where the brothers were made honorary presidents, and the British Academy Children’s Awards.

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The pair grew up in East Herringthorpe and went on to win Opportunity Knocks in 1967. Their varied career saw them collaborate with rapper Tinchy Stryder on single, To Me, To You (Bruv).

Last year, Rotherham Council rejected the Advertiser’s bid to name part of the town centre after the Chuckle Brothers.

Marie Curie hopes the Memory Cloud will help bereaved people who have been unable to mourn or attend funerals during lockdown cope with grief.

Claire Collins, a bereavement coordinator at Marie Curie, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a wave of bereavement and loss across the country, taking away people's ability to be with loved ones and grieve in the ways that they have always done traditionally.

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“Sometimes you might feel that the death of your loved one has become invisible or pushed aside, lost in the numbers and statistics of the pandemic.

"That's why the Memory Cloud is a really great opportunity to come together with others, both to celebrate someone's life and also to grieve collectively at a time when you might not be able to do so in person. It is freely available for everyone to use and it is there for you to go back to whenever and as often as you need."

To visit Barry's page and share a tribute visit memorycloud.org.uk/tribute/barry-chuckle  


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