Bernie Nolan: 'No-one has had a better life than me'

Mourners at the funeral of Bernie Nolan were told not to cry too much because "no-one has had a better life" than the singer and actress who died of cancer earlier this month.

Well-wishers lined the streets outside the Grand Theatre in her hometown of Blackpool where a ceremony to celebrate her life was held and broadcast over loudspeakers for fans.

They greeted the funeral cortege with applause and listened to her sister Maureen who read from a letter written by Bernie where she told mourners: "I think I'm worth a little crying but not too much. No-one has had a better life than me."

Bernie's daughter, Erin, also gave a reading before the coffin left the building by the stage door.

The funeral cortage of Bernie Nolan arriving at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool
The funeral cortage of Bernie Nolan arriving at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool Credit: PA Wire
Erin, the daughter of Bernie Nolan
Erin, the daughter of Bernie Nolan Credit: PA Wire
Maureen and Denise Nolan
Maureen and Denise Nolan Credit: PA Wire
Denise and Maureen Nolan
Denise and Maureen Nolan Credit: PA Wire
Coleen Nolan
Coleen Nolan Credit: PA Wire
Linda Nolan
Linda Nolan Credit: PA Wire
Ray Quinn among mourners
Ray Quinn among mourners Credit: PA Wire
Mourners outside the theatre at the funeral of Bernie Nolan
Mourners outside the theatre at the funeral of Bernie Nolan Credit: PA Wire
Mourners pay their respects
Mourners pay their respects Credit: PA Wire