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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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Jack Duckworth's best Corrie moments remembered

Bill Tarmey as Jack Duckworth with his on-screen wife Vera, played by Liz Dawn
Bill Tarmey as Jack Duckworth with his on-screen wife Vera, played by Liz Dawn Credit: ITV Granada Television

Click here to watch a compilation of Bill Tarmey's best moments as Jack Duckworth on Coronation Street.

It includes the memorable episode in which Jack arrives for blind date only to discover that the mystery woman is his wife Vera, pictured above.

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.

Bill Roache pays tribute to late star

Bill Roache, aka Ken Barlow, says late co-star Bill Tarmey was 'one of the top few legendary characters that the theatre has produced.'
Bill Roache, aka Ken Barlow, says late co-star Bill Tarmey was 'one of the top few legendary characters that the theatre has produced.' Credit: PA

Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, has paid tribute to his late co-star Bill Tarmey, describing the actor as "one of the top few legendary characters that the theatre has produced" in an obituary he wrote in The Sun.

"I’ve known Bill many, many years, and he was always friendly and warm," Mr. Roache wrote. "We used to have a joke about my singing. I can’t sing and he was a really, really good singer.

"He sang with the Hallé Orchestra and he also produced albums."

Bill Tarmey, top left and Bill Roache, bottom right, together at the show's 25 anniversary party in 1985.
Bill Tarmey, top left and Bill Roache, bottom right, together at the show's 25 anniversary party in 1985. Credit: PA

"He was always good-natured, always warm. He was a rock. He was one of those people who was like a father figure. He always had the sensible answer to things.

"Just a lovely man to have around and I feel really, really sad even though we knew he had been ill and his health wasn’t good."

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