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Bill Tarmey 'worked tirelessly' to raise awareness of brain tumours

Bill Tarmey and his family "worked tirelessly" to raise awareness of brain tumours, according to the charity Brain Tumour Research.

Bill's son Carl was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009 - a key reason behind his decision to retire from Coronation Street the following year.

You can sign his petition to improve diagnosis and increase government spending here.

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Bill Tarmey: I'm just a pillock who comes into a studio to say some words

Bill Tarmey was was always self-effacing about his acting abilities. In his autobiography, Jack Duckworth And Me, he wrote:

I'm just a pillock who comes into a studio to say some words that some other clever person has written.

For years, I'd managed to get away with it, but I'd always been waiting for the bubble to burst.

– Bill Tarmey

TV and radio personalities remember Bill Tarmey

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So sorry to hear that Bill Tarmey( coronation Streets Jack Duckworth) has died.Being a Coronation Street fan he gave us such a lot of fun.

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Bill Tarmey will always be remembered for creating one of soap's most iconic characters, Jack Duckworth.

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RIP Bill Tarmey, Corrie's Jack Duckworth. Interviewed him several times when I was a hack; he was always genial, never abrasive. Decent man.

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Jack Duckworth's greatest on-screen moments

Bill Tarmey in one of his most memorable moments as Jack Duckworth Credit: ITV Granada Television

Watch a compilation of Bill Tarmey's finest moments as Jack Duckworth on Coronation Street here.

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.

Vera Duckworth actress: Bill was part of my family

Coronation Street stars Liz Dawn and Bill Tarmey collect an award in 2002 Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The actress who played Vera Duckworth - the battle-axe wife of Bill Tarmey's character Jack - has said Bill was "part of my family".

Liz Dawn said: "When you work with someone for so 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."

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