He was not a conventional comedian, so it seems fitting that mourners are to attend Chris Sievey's funeral in fun fancy dress.

The creator of Frank Sidebottom died earlier this month after a short battle with cancer and is to be cremated at Altrincham Crematorium on Friday (July 2nd 2010).

It is to be a ceremony for close friends and family only, but those attending are invited to don fun fancy dress costumes to send Mr Sievey off in style.

However, those close to the performer have said there is likely to be a memorial service for the general public which will remember famous sketches starring Frank.

Forrmer agent Guy Lovelady told the Manchester Evening News: "The time is now right to celebrate Chris's life, then to celebrate Frank's contribution to comedy."

Frank reached cult status in the late 1980s and early 1990s and toured the country with his novelty performances, which sometimes included crowd participation like tombolas.

An aspiring pop star, Frank lived with his mother and was cheerfully unaware of his own shortcomings.

Should you wish to attend the memorial, you could go along in fancy dress - a Stewie Griffin Costume from Family Guy looks quite similar to Mr Sievey's Frank.