Stars and fans of Coronation Street will say a final goodbye at the funeral of Bill Tarmey who played Jack Duckworth for three decades.

Bill won the affection of millions of TV viewers as a lovable, pigeon-fancying rogue – with his trademark glasses held together with sticky tape.

The actor, who became one of TV’s most recognisable faces as the long-suffering husband to Liz Dawn’s nagging, battle-axe wife Vera, died aged 71, while on holiday in Tenerife on November 9.

The former builder dreamed of becoming a singing star and was earning a living as a crooner in working men’s clubs before joining Coronation Street in 1977 as an extra to supplement his wages.

Bill landed the role of Jack Duckworth two years later and despite his modesty about his acting ability, a Street legend was born, and he didn’t leave the show until 31 years later.

His on-screen partnership with sharp-tongued wife Vera, gave Coronation Street some of its most funny and memorable moments.

His funeral will take place in his home town of Ashton-under-Lyne, on the outskirts of east Manchester, where he grew up in humble circumstances after his father was killed in the Second World War.

Bill married his childhood sweetheart Alison – to whom he remained married for 50 years – and they had two children.

A heavy smoker, he underwent a quadruple heart bypass in 1986, and then another bypass operation in June 2002, but he long refused to give up smoking.

Jack Duckworth was written out of the Street in 2010, a year after he had originally considered leaving, but he was persuaded to stay until the show’s 50th anniversary.