Coronation Street stars to pay for statue of Bill Tarmey

Brilliant Bill: Lifetime Achievement Award for Bill Tarmey
Corrie stars buy tribute to the late Bill Tarmey.© ITV

Coronation Street legend Bill Tarmey is to have a copper statue erected in his memory at the Street’s studios.

The Corrie cast and crew are raising money for a monument to the popular actor.

Bill played Jack Duckworth in the Weatherfield drama for over 30 years and died in November at the age of 71.

A source told The People: “Everyone on the Corrie set dearly loved Bill and his death was a real shock.”

Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs in the soap, dedicated his National Television Award to Bill.

At the time he said: “He guided me from the start of my Coronation Street career.

“He was such a huge influence. He was like a second dad.”

Bill left the soap in April 2010 to spend more time with his family as his son Carl was battling a brain tumour.

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