The late Sir Bruce Forsyth's family reportedly want to keep his ashes at the London Palladium.

Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth

The 89-year-old entertainer died almost a year ago after a long illness and his wife Lady Wilnelia thinks placing an urn under the boards of the stage at the legendary venue would be the perfect tribute to the late 'Strictly Come Dancing' presenter.

A source told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper: "The Palladium had such a special place in Bruce's heart.

"It was where he started his career and he loved that place. He had such fond memories of it.

"His family think it would be the perfect tribute to him to leave some of his ashes under the boards there.

"Wilnelia thinks Bruce would love it, and the rest will be kept by the family."

Some venues won't allow ashes to be scattered if they are privately owned, but Bruce's family want them left somewhere they won't come into contact with members of the public so are having discussions with the theatre, where Bruce started his TV career on 'Sunday Night at the London Palladium' in 1958.

The source added: "They don't know if they are allowed to do it just yet, but they are really keen."

It was revealed a few months ago that Bruce had left £11.5 million to Wilnelia in his will, with his children Debbie, Julie and Laura from his 20-year marriage to first wife Penny Calvert, Charlotte and Louisa from his second marriage to Anthea Redfern and Jonathan Joseph 'JJ' Forsyth-Johnson, his son from his third marriage not directly inheriting anything.

It was believed the late star drew up the will in this way in order to avoid a hefty tax bill as money between spouses is not subject to inheritance tax.

Bruce also left £100,000 to be split between his nine grandchildren when they reach the age of 21, and £20,000 each to two executors of the estate.

The remainder of his fortune went to 60-year-old former Miss World, Lady Wilnelia.