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Stars say farewell to Coronation Street creator Tony Warren

We laughed and cried together, pal Julie says

By Lorna Cooper

Published 19/03/2016

Actors Jack P Shepherd and Alan Halsall carry the coffin of Coronation Street creator Tony Warren at his funeral yesterday
Actors Jack P Shepherd and Alan Halsall carry the coffin of Coronation Street creator Tony Warren at his funeral yesterday
Bill Roache and Barbara Knox at yesterday’s funeral
Julie Goodyear
Dennis with wife Claire Nicholson
Tony Warren

Actors Bill Roache, Julie Goodyear and Barbara Knox were among current and former cast members who gathered to say a final goodbye to Coronation Street creator Tony Warren.

Warren's life was being remembered in a funeral service at Manchester Cathedral that was open to the public. Among the pallbearers were actors Jack P Shepherd (David Platt), Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs), Mikey North (Gary Windass) and Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw).

Roache, who has played Ken Barlow since the show made its debut in 1960, arrived with Knox. The 83-year-old wore a dark suit and sunglasses, while 82-year-old Knox, best known for her role as Rita Tanner, dressed in black and grey.

Former Corrie star Goodyear (73) paid a heartfelt tribute to Warren. "We cried together and we laughed together," she said.

Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts) arrived with husband Mark Eden. Actresses Alison King (Carla Connor), Kym Marsh (Michelle McDonald), Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster), Sally Dynevor (Sally Metcalfe) and Lisa George (Beth Tinker) also attended the service.

Former stars in the congregation included Ken Morley, who played Reg Holdsworth, and Christopher Quinten, who is still best known for his role as mechanic Brian Tilsley.

Michael Le Vell - garage owner Kevin Webster - arrived with his partner, Louise Gibbons.

Other mourners from the current cast included comedian Les Dennis (Michael Rodwell), Antony Cotton (Sean Tully), Paula Lane (Kylie Platt), Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw), Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby), Samia Ghadie (Maria Connor), Tina O'Brien (Sarah-Louise Platt) and Bruno Langley (Todd Grimshaw).

TV writer Warren died on March 1 aged 79 after an illness.

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