Coronation Street: The late Bill Tarmey to be immortalised with a bronze statue at the Granada studios!

by Anna Howell

Coronation Street legend, Bill Tarmey, is to be immortalised on the set of the award-winning soap he was best known for, in the form of a bronze statue.

Tarmey, who played the much-loved character of Jack Duckworth for 31 years, passed away last November after losing his battle with a brain tumour.

The actor, whose character was the surrogate father of Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall), quit the iconic ITV soap back in 2010 to see out his last days with his family, including his son Carl, overseas till his death at the age of 71.

Now, to mark his long-standing contribution to the show, bosses at Coronation Street are hoping to raise enough money to create a bronze statue of the star to be erected at the soap’s current Granada Studio set location, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Bills character, Jack Duckworth, was written out of the show when the actor decided to leave in a moving storyline which saw him pass away in his armchair after seeing the ghost of his late wife, Vera (Liz Dawson) after his birthday party.

After Bill Tarmey died in real life, a show insider said: “Everyone on the Corrie set dearly loved Bill and his death was a real shock.”

Since then there has been many a fitting tribute to the late actor made, most recently when Alan Halsall dedicated his National Television Award to him back in January, saying:

“He guided me from the start of my Coronation Street ­career. He was such a huge influence. He was like a second dad.”

Now Nigel Havers who played conman Lewis Archer and Halsall’s pregnant wife and former Coronation Street star Lucy-Jo Hudson, are planning to do a 10km run for Brain Tumour Research, a charity that Bill supported.

It has not been said at this time what will happen to the statue when the set moves to its new Salford Quay studios next year, but we think that Bill would have liked to stay on the original cobbles!

Watch an emotional Loose Women interview with Bill in the clip below: