Stars of the stage and screen joined family and friends to pay tribute to Ronnie Corbett at a moving service at Westminster Abbey in London on Wednesday.

The much-loved comedy great died in March last year aged 85 following a secret battle with motor neurone disease.

Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley and Barbara Windsor were among those who attended the memorial to celebrate the life and career of the entertainer. 

Corbett's chair and four candles - famous from his sketch show The Two Ronnies - were placed at the front of Westminster Abbey.

Ronnie Corbett's famous chair used for his monologues on The Two Ronnies with four candles behind it 

In a touching tribute, Rob Brydon said it was "truly one of the great pleasures" of his life to become friends with "this remarkable man".

He added: "To walk down the street with Ronnie Corbett was to witness something really rather wonderful.

"Faces would light up with joy like shop windows when they saw him. Here was that man, that friend, who had entertained us for so long."

Rob Brydon speaking during the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of Ronnie Corbett

Lumley, who gave a Bible reading, said Corbett "would be absolutely delighted and amazed" at the service of thanksgiving.

"The Two Ronnies were as good as it gets," she said. "They were at the top of the tree. They always left me in stitches and gasps of admiration."

Joanna Lumley speaking during the service

More than 2,000 people showed up to the special ceremony including Graham Norton, David Walliams, Maureen Lipman, Dame Penelope Keith, Patricia Hodge, June Whitfield, Jo Brand, Julian Clary, Ben Elton and Barbara Windsor.

Graham Norton and Su Pollard in Westminster Abbey

Bruce Forsyth, who was a close friend of Corbett, was notably absent from the memorial, but was represented by wife, Wilnelia Forsyth.

Bruce Forsyth ’s wife Wilnelia Merced attended Ronnie Corbett's memorial service at Westminster Abbey alone.