Bruce Forsyth’s ashes have been placed under the stage at the London Palladium in a private family ceremony which took place a year to the day after his death on August 18, 2017.

A blue plaque on the wall underneath the stage declares Forsyth to be "without question the UK’s greatest entertainer, he rests in peace within the sound of music, laughter and dancing… exactly where he would want to be."

The entertainer's widow Wilnelia told The Mail On Sunday that Bruce was "joking until the last". She recalled how he was brought back from hospital to his home at Wentworth Estate "and was so happy to be in his own bed".

"Suddenly he went very quiet and closed his eyes, " recalled Wilnelia. "I asked if he wanted me to call anybody, but he didn’t say anything. I thought. ‘Oh my God.’ Then suddenly he opened his eyes and said, ‘I do want something.’

Bruce and Wilnelia 

"I said, ‘What do you want?’ with tears in my eyes. He paused and said, ‘Can I have a sausage sandwich?’ I could have killed him myself at that moment. He really was joking until the last." He lived at home for another five months.

"He didn’t want to go, " says his widow. "But when the time came, he was ready. He didn’t want to be the way he was," 

Forsyth's children were also around the bedside when the 89-year old entertainer passed on. "I was holding his hand, " recalls Wilnelia. "Then a beautiful rainbow appeared which we will never forget."

Larking about: beloved Bruce