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Kenneth Williams tribute unveiled in London

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Feb 23, 2014 | 6:50pm EST

Carry On star Kenneth Williams has been commemorated with a special blue plaque in London to mark what would have been his 88th birthday. The British funnyman, who died of a drugs overdose in 1988, would have celebrated the milestone on Saturday (22Feb14), and his family and friends gathered together to celebrate the unveiling of the blue plaque, which are placed by officials from The Heritage Foundation at significant historical sites across the U.K. The plaque was placed on an apartment block in Farley Court in central London, where Williams lived for a number of years in the 1960s, and his former Carry On co-star Barbara Windsor was on hand to unveil the dedication to her late friend. She said, "Kenny was a one-off, a true original... I am absolutely chuffed (thrilled) that English Heritage is celebrating him with a blue plaque." In one of Williams' diaries, he wrote about how much he loved his apartment in Farley Court, noting, "My bedroom looks out over Regent's Park. The trees are turning now and the sight is beautiful... I can see all the traffic twinkling down the Marylebone Road - It's all so marvellous, I could cry."

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