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Bill Tarmey laid to rest next week

Bill Tarmey Credit: PA

Coronation Street legend Bill Tarmey will be laid to rest next week in Ashton-under-Lyne.

The 71 year old who played hen-pecked husband Jack Duckworth for three decades died at his home in Tenerife on November 9.

His funeral will take place next Tuesday at Albion United Reformed Church.

Bill's family said they would appreciate his friends, present and former colleagues and members of the public making a donation in memory of Bill to the charity, Brain Tumour Research, instead of sending flowers.

Fundraising page has been set up here in his memory.

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Corrie's Vera, actress Liz Dawn, 'totally bereft' at Bill Tarmey's death

Bill Tarmey and Liz Dawn collecting awards together in 2002 Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Liz Dawn, who played Bill Tarmey's on-screen wife Vera Duckworth, has said she is "totally bereft" at news of his death.

She said: "Bill was part of my family. When you work with someone for as long as we did it becomes more than just work.

"Our families were close and I am devastated for Ali and his family. I am totally bereft.

"He will always be remembered by everyone he came into contact with because he was such a kind and generous man.

"You couldn't wish to meet a more lovely man and a true gentleman. He was a gentle giant and I will miss him so much."

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Corrie's Michael Le Vell: Bill was like a dad to me

Michael Le Vell, who plays Coronation Street's Kevin Webster Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Bill Tarmey's former colleague Michael Le Vell has described the Jack Duckworth actor as being like a father to him.

Le Vell, who plays the Street's Kevin Webster, said: "Bill met my dad briefly when I first joined Coronation Street. And when my dad passed away Bill became like a surrogate dad to me.

"He and Liz looked after me and got me through those early days and we've been friends every since. My heart goes out to Ali and his family.

"We knew Bill was poorly, but this is still a very great shock. I am going to miss him very much."

Bill Tarmey 'one of the loveliest men you could meet'

Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Barlow in Coronation Street

Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Barlow in Coronation Street, has said Bill Tarmey was "one of the loveliest men you could ever wish to meet".

She added: "He was the first to come over on my first day at work.

"It was quite daunting meeting icons like Bill and Liz but they made me feel very welcome and at home.

"Everyone felt as if they knew Bill because he had such a warmth about him on and off screen."

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