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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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, 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.

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