The diminutive British star, who played R2-D2 in the film franchise, passed away, aged 83, on 13 August (16) after a long illness.

Original Darth Vader David Prowse was among the mourners at the ceremony in Lytham, where model Linda Lusardi and comedian Bernie Clifton also bid farewell to their old friend, reports

Officials at Disney and Star Wars creator George Lucas' Lucasfilm company sent flowers to the service. The bouquet was accompanied with the message: "You brought so much joy to the Star Wars family."

Star Wars director Lucas cast Baker as R2-D2 in the original 1977 film. Kenny, who was just three feet, eight inches tall (1.12 metres) due to a form of dwarfism, operated the robot from within.

He reprised the role in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as the Star Wars prequel films, playing R2-D2 for the last time in 2005's Revenge of the Sith.

Baker also starred in a number of other much-loved films, including classic children's adventure comedy The Goonies, Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits and Flash Gordon.

Last year's (15) Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the first live-action Star Wars movie to feature R2-D2 without Baker, but he did attend the film's London premiere and met Lucas in Manchester, England one final time before his death.