Lynda Bellingham’s widower Michael ‘Mr Spain’ Pattermore told mourners how the couple first met during a moving eulogy at her funeral today.
The late TV star’s third husband spoke following her two sons, Michael and Robbie, during the ceremony at St Bartholomew’s Church in Crewkerne this afternoon and had friends and family laughing one minute and in tears the next.
The couple married in 2008 after Lynda met Michael while visiting Spain with a friend.
In a truly heartfelt speech he described their first meeting: "This is going to be tough. While I was preparing this speech I wanted the dates and times to be exact and what I discovered was devastating. It was on this very day November 3 2004, 1.30 in the afternoon ten years ago that I first met Lynda.
"Can I go back ten years to that day? I can remember that moment when we first met as if it was yesterday.
Funeral: A floral tribute is carried out of St Bartholomew’s Church in Crewkerne
"I was her Mr Spain. I lived in a beautiful town north of Alicante. My business was property and mortgages. On the night before I received a call to say the Oxo lady was in town and her friend was looking for a mortgage, so I arranged to meet them the following day at 1.30.
"I drove out to meet her on the third at lunch time in my bright red hairdresser’s car with the roof down and I was confront by not only Lynda but Pat Hayes and Pat’s sister and her husband.
"When our eyes met there was an immediate attraction. Apparently, the first thing Lynda whispered to Pat was, ‘There’s a Jack the lad if ever I saw one’. Honestly, I’m not.
"I made some arrangements for Lynda and Pat to meet the following Monday. I arrived smack on 8.30 to pick them up.
Widower Michael Pattemore arriving for the funeral of Lynda Bellingham
"As they jumped in the car Lynda said, ‘At least you’re on time’. All of you will know that Lynda is never late for anything. Ask the Loose Women girls how feisty she gets if you’re not
"We spent the whole Monday together and when we parted she said, ‘Call in if you are ever parting through London’.
"’Yeah right’ I thought. She was just being as polite, generous as always. I thought I’d never see her again."
He went on to talk about how they were reunited back in Britain just before Christmas and how many happy years they had together, before describing how he felt hopeless when she fell ill.
Listen to all of the moving eulogies from the funeral HERE.