Two police officers were stationed outside the wrought iron gates at the end of the drive to Roache's £650,000 home, shielded by bushes from the road in Wilmslow.
A growing press pack of TV cameras, photographers and reporters gathered outside the property.
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A bronze drum, alongside a plaque for Fusilier Rigby, will be located at Middleton Memorial Gardens.
The desk, where the author wrote Great Expectations and his last, unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood, will go on permanent display.
We spring forward an hour at 1am on Sunday, to mark the start of British Summer Time.