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funeral service for Norman Collier Credit: Calendar news

Stars of TV and comedy turned out today to say farewell to Norman Collier, the Hull-born comedian who died earlier this month aged 87.

Comics and performers who knew and worked alongside Norman gathered at Welton Village Church this afternoon, all to pay their respects to a man considered to be a pioneering and unique name on the comedy circuit.

Comedians pay their respects Credit: Calendar news
Saying goodbye ..... Norman Collier style Credit: Calendar news

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REPORT: Tributes to Norman Collier

He was a man who made audiences laugh for more than half a century - but last night one of Yorkshire's most famous comedians passed away.

Norman Collier, who was 87, died in a care home at Brough, near his home city of Hull where he lived all his life. He'd been suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

His family has paid tribute, saying "Even in his last few days with us, he was still making us laugh." David Hirst looks back at his remarkable career.

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Norman Collier's family pay tribute

Norman Collier's family have paid tribute to a "humble man".

"He was a wonderful man and we adored him with all our hearts. Whatever he was on on stage he was the same off stage.

"All the family were close to him. We went on holiday together. He started life in as a labourer in Hull with no ambition or desire to be on stage. He just wanted to make people laugh.

"All he wanted was to make people laugh and his work took him to Australia, the Bahamas, America.

"This was a humble man who never changed his roots, he was proud of the city, never moved out of the city.

"He viewed the world with the philosophy that he saw the funny side of life on and off stage. It was a joy and an honour and a privilege to share his company and that's what everyone thought about him.

"His genius on stage was how he saw life and his act was how he saw life. He was always hilarious, even in his last few days with us he was still making us laugh.

"His family adored his company with all their hearts."

– John Ainsley, who is married to Norman's daughter Karen

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