Tributes as Denise Robertson's funeral takes place

Denise's funeral took place in Sunderland, where she was born Credit: PA

Friends and family gathered for the funeral of This Morning agony Denise Robertson on Wednesday.

Mourners came together at Sunderland Minster for the service, where Denise - who died on April 1 following a "short but determined" battle with cancer - married her husband Bryan.

This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were among those gathered for Denise, who passed away aged 83.

The much-loved figure had worked on the programme since 1988, but announced in February she was taking a break from the show after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Denise's coffin enters Sunderland Minster Credit: PA
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford were at the funeral Credit: PA

Before the service Phillip and Holly paid an emotional tribute to Denise.

"She was such a kind, loving person, friend", Phillip said.

Phillip and Holly paid an emotional tribute to Denise before her funeral Credit: PA

People gathered outside the church in Sunderland city centre as the start of the service approached.

The order of service at Denise's funeral Credit: PA

Reverend Canon Sheila Bamber, conducting the service, said the church was a "very special place" for Denise.

"It did have a very special place for Denise, but it also has a very special place in the life of Sunderland, and Denise was a Sunderland and north east person through and through", Reverend Bamber said.

She continued: "Denise represented everything that is fabulous about the north east - that rooted-ness, that down-to-earth-ness and whatever was going on, 'just roll your sleeves up and get on with it'.