'Coronation Street' stars say goodbye to Bill Tarmey
Hundreds of people, including stars of 'Coronation Street', gathered at the Albion United Reformed Church in Ashton-under-Lyne to pay their respects to Bill Tarmey who played the soap's Jack Duckworth for three decades.
Manchester-born Tarmey died at his holiday home in Tenerife on November 9, aged 71, the Sun reported.
Around 700 people joined his wife of 50 years, Ali, and their two children, Carl and Sara, to say a final goodbye at his funeral service.
Among the mourners were Dawn, who left the soap in 2008 through ill health, Nigel Pivaro, who played Tarmey's on-screen son Terry Duckworth, and Alan Halsall, whose character, Tyrone Dobbs, looked up to Jack Duckworth as a father figure.
In the order of service for William Cleworth-Piddington, Tarmey's real name, his family said: "Ali and all Bill's family would like to thank you for your attendance and for the overwhelming messages of comfort and support they have received during this difficult time."