Corrie star Bill Tarmey's funeral

Coronation Street stars and fans have bid farewell to actor Bill Tarmey at his funeral. Tarmey played the loveable, pigeon-fancying rogue Jack Duckworth for three decades.

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Corrie stars pay tribute to Bill Tarmey at his funeral

Coronation Street star Bill Tarmey's funeral service has taken place in Manchester.

Tarmey - who played the lovable pigeon-fancier Jack Duckworth for three decades - died earlier this month, aged 71, while on holiday in Tenerife.

Samia Ghadie who plays Maria in the soap and Nigel Pivaro who played Terry Duckworth paid emotional tributes to the actor.

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Coronation Street bids farewell to Bill Tarmey

Stars and fans of Coronation Street will say goodbye to actor Bill Tarmey today at his funeral.

Tarmey - who played the lovable pigeon-fancier Jack Duckworth for three decades - died earlier this month, aged 71, while on holiday in Tenerife.

Actor Bill Tarmey, aka Coronation Street's Jack Duckworth, raises a pint outside the Rovers Return
Actor Bill Tarmey, aka Coronation Street's Jack Duckworth, died earlier this month Credit: CROFT/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Corrie's Executive Director Kieran Roberts said the character of Jack Duckworth was "right up there" among the greatest legends of the soap.

Tarmey, a former builder, dreamed of becoming a singer and was eking out a living as a crooner in working men's clubs before joining Corrie in 1977 as an extra.

It wasn't until two years later that Tarmey landed the role of Jack Duckworth, and a legendary Street partnership - Jack and Vera - was in the making.