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Coronation Street stars out in force to say farewell to Jack Duckworth actor Bill Tarmy

The stars of Coronation Street have been paying a fitting farewell to their old colleague Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth, in the long-running soap for more than 30 years.

Tarmey, 71, who died earlier this  month at his holiday home in Tenerife made his name as the endlessly hen-pecked husband of Weatherfield battleaxe Vera Duckworth, played by Liz Dawn.

Dawn joined famous Corrie actors  past and present including William Roache,  Julie Goodyear, Kevin kennedy and Nigel Pivaro  for the service at the  Albion United Reformed Church in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Tarmey, who worked as a nightclub singer before joining the Coronation Street cast in 1979, made the character of pigeon-fancying, work-shy chancer Jack Duckworth a household name. Always on the run from Vera but utterly devoted to her, he was a mainstay of the programme, an iconic figure  with his hangdog air and broken spectacles held together with an old plaster.

 

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