Bernie Nolan will be laid to rest alongside the remains of her stillborn daughter Kate, her sister Coleen has revealed.
The TV presenter told the Mirror that Bernie – who died of cancer on Thursday aged 52 – had expressed a wish before her death to be reunited with Kate, who was stillborn in 1999.
And she also revealed that Bernie had planned every aspect of her funeral before she succumbed to the disease.
“It is going to be a massive celebration of her life,” Coleen said.
“The funeral will be the party she wanted – it is just so sad that she won’t be there for it.”
The service, which will take place at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre on July 17, will include readings from family members and a letter written by Bernie herself.
“There could be no better place for Bernie’s funeral than Blackpool’s Grand Theatre,” fellow sibling Linda said.
“The theatre was our lives. Bernie was a born performer and she did summer seasons and pantomime at The Grand.”
Meanwhile Coleen has dismissed rumours that the family’s chequered history impacted upon Bernie’s last days as “total nonsense and very hurtful”.
“At the end all Bernie’s family were around her,” she revealed.
“We all cried in each others’ arms and we all hugged each other. We were all there for Bernie and we were all grieving our sister.”
As well as spending two decades as lead singer of sibling group The Nolan Sisters, Bernie also enjoyed a successful acting career which included roles in The Bill and Brookside.