03 January 2022

Funeral of comedy star Jethro brings Truro to standstill

03 January 2022

The funeral of popular comedian Jethro has brought parts of Devon and Cornwall to a standstill.

The Cornish comic died on December 14 at the age of 73 after contracting Covid-19.

Real name Geoffrey Rowe, the comedy star built his name in the 1980s and 1990s, only announcing his retirement in 2020 after almost 50 years of touring.

A funeral procession set off from his club in Lewdown, Okehampton, at 10am on Monday, and contnued through Lifton before going on to Truro where a procession was held at the War Memorial.

The service, at Truro Cathedral, was conducted by the Reverend Canon Alan Bashforth and Reverend Tim Hodge.

A eulogy was read out on behalf of Jethro’s family, and speakers included his long-time agent John Miles and stand-up comic Jim Davidson.

Hymns including The Old Rugged Cross and the traditional song Trelawny were sung, accompanied by Cornish folk band The Oggymen.

When he died, Jethro was double jabbed and had had a booster vaccination, it is understood.

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