David Walliams arrives at Golders Green Crematorium, north London, for the private funeral service of Dame Barbara Windsor (Ian West/PA)

In Pictures: Stars say farewell to Barbara Windsor


Famous faces were among the mourners at the funeral of actress Dame Barbara Windsor. Former EastEnders actor Ross Kemp, comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams and others joined Dame Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell, friends and family at Golders Green Crematorium for the service. The EastEnders and Carry On star died in December aged 83.

A group of people play football as they enjoy the autumn sunshine on Bournemouth beach in September (Andrew Matthews/PA)

In Pictures: 2020 – From winter storms to scorching summer days


Much of the last 12 months has been a challenge, but coronavirus restrictions have encouraged more people to spend time on walks and bike rides in their local area. From storms last winter to some scorching summer days, the weather has provided a varied backdrop to an unforgettable year.

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as New Year celebrations begin in Australia (Mark Baker/AP)

In Pictures: Celebrations of a different kind on New Year’s Eve


This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other, with pandemic restrictions limiting crowds in many places. From New York’s Times Square to Sydney Harbour, big public blowouts are being turned into TV-only shows and digital events. But New Zealand, Taiwan and other places with successes against the virus are celebrating like usual.

A statue by artist Ross Wilson entitled Mother Daughter Sister, celebrating female identity and culture, in Sandy Row Belfast is adorned with a mask and disposable gloves (Niall Carson/PA)

In Pictures: Northern Ireland’s turbulent 2020


Royal visits, legal firsts, a breakthrough at Stormont, and of course – the pandemic; here are some of the best images from the PA news agency’s Northern Ireland photographers during 2020.

Pippa the golden retreiver plays in the snow with her owner Lizzy and Connie in a park in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire (Joe Giddens/PA)

In Pictures: Frolics in the snow as cold snap hits parts of UK


A drop in temperatures following days of stormy conditions meant many people woke up to a covering of snow on Monday morning. The Met Office described it as “a cold and frosty start” to the bank holiday, with yellow weather warnings for ice and snow across much of England and Wales.

The sun rises over the Severn crossing in October (Ben Birchall/PA)

In Pictures: Highlights from Wales in 2020


Royal visits, sunshine and snow, a celeb-filled castle put on the map and the firebreak: here are some of the best images from the PA news agency’s photographers in Wales during 2020.