The former Coronation Street and Royle Family star Geoffrey Hughes lost his battle against cancer last night.
The Wallasey-born actor, who played binman Eddie Yates, had received radiotherapy in August 2010 after collapsing at his home on the Isle of Wight.
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There are indications that from midweek next week the weather across the NW might start to settle down. Plenty of blips though before then
Here's the weather forecast for the next few days across the NW, with Emma Jesson