13:25 29 November 2012
Bill Tarmey’s funeral was a sad day not only for his family and friends but also for his former colleagues, as soap stars young and old alike, as well as fans of Coronation Street, paid their tributes.
Mr. Tarmey, who died in Tenerife on November 2nd, was laid to rest in front of 700 people at the Albion United Reformed Church in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, on Tuesday afternoon.
Among those who attended the funeral were Samia Ghadi, Jennie McAlpine, Kate Ford, Bruce Jones, and Brooke Vincent.
Samia Ghadie, who plays Maria Connon in Corrie, delivered a touching eulogy.
She said: “He was genuinely one of the most decent and honourable men you could ever wish to meet.
“Jack and Vera were a truly unforgettable and formidable partnership, and I doubt we'll ever see that again. They were simply iconic and Jack Duckworth will forever be a true Coronation Street legend.
“On behalf of everyone who works at Coronation Street and has worked on the programme during its 52 years, and the loyal viewers who have followed the programme throughout these years - Bill, we salute you.”
Meanwhile, Tarmey’s family thanked everybody who came. In a message relayed on loudspeaker, they said: “Ali and all Bill’s family would like to thank you for your attendance today and for the overwhelming messages of comfort and support they have received during this difficult time.”
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