Coronation Street stars past and present are paying their final respects at the funeral of Liz Dawn, one of the soap’s best-loved actresses.
Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in the ITV soap for more than 30 years, died last week at the age of 77.
A Requiem Mass is taking place at Salford Cathedral on Friday and will be followed by a private family committal.
Sean Wilson, who played Martin Platt, told BBC Breakfast the service was a celebration of her life.
“She was great, great fun, and I think that needs to be celebrated,” he said.
“The character was very much loved by the British public.”
Cast members who have arrived at the service include Helen Worth, who plays Gail Rodwell; Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Metcalfe; Samia Longchambon, who plays Maria Connor; and Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster.
Former stars Ken Morley, who played Reg Holdsworth, and Bruce Jones, who played Les Battersby, are also there to pay their respects.
So is Nigel Pivaro, who played Vera’s son Terry in the long-running programme.
Dawn was one of “the mothers of the cast” and “a very intelligent actress”, Wilson said earlier.
“I used to say to her, ‘Liz, you’ve got so much going into this character, I don’t think you really know how much you’re giving to British drama.'”
The funeral is being conducted by Father Brendan Curley, the former dean of Salford Cathedral and a friend of Dawn and her family, alongside the cathedral’s current dean Father Michael Jones.
Comedian Ted Robbins described Dawn as “the kindest person I think I ever met in showbusiness”, and said she and Bill Tarmey, who played put-upon husband Jack Duckworth, made a very entertaining pair.
“She didn’t take it over-seriously, and she was [part of] one of the greatest double-acts with Jack,” he told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.
“A really great double-act in the tradition of Morecambe and Wise and Cannon and Ball, these great northern acts. She was a strong woman.”
Dawn is survived by her husband Don, four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.