Kym Marsh and Alison King among the Coronation Street cast at Tony Warren’s funeral

A service honouring the life of the Corrie creator has taken place at Manchester Cathedral


Coronation Street cast members – including Alison King, Kym Marsh and William Roache – have paid their respects to the soap’s creator Tony Warren at his funeral.


A service took place at Manchester Cathedral this afternoon, with mourners including such soap stalwarts as Barbara Knox, Michael Le Vell and Sally Dynevor.

Familiar faces from the long-running drama were joined by hundreds of members of the public, there to say goodbye to the writer who created such iconic characters as Elsie Tanner and Ena Sharples.

Earlier today, the official Coronation Street Twitter account posted the message: “The funeral of Coronation Street creator, Tony Warren MBE will take place today at Manchester Cathedral at 2.00pm. All welcome.”

All the hymns and readings at the funeral were chosen by Warren himself: “It’s a big service for a very big character and a lovely part of the history of Manchester,” Canon Philip Barratt told the BBC.

Warren, who launched Corrie back in 1960, passed away earlier this month at the age of 79 following a short illness.

Tony Warren’s coffin is carried into Manchester Cathedral by pallbearers including Jack P Shepherd (David), Alan Halsall (Tyrone), Mikey North (Gary), Ryan Thomas (Jason) and Antony Cotton (Sean)

Born Anthony McVay Simpson in Eccles, Manchester, Warren devised the idea for the Weatherfield-set soap at the age of 24 at the start of his writing career and remained a consultant until the day he died.

Warren received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the RTS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 on Coronation Street’s 50th anniversary.

William Roache (Ken Barlow) and Barbara Knox (Rita Sullivan) arrive at Manchester Cathedral

Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster

Sally Dynevor AKA Corrie’s Sally Metcalfe

Weatherfield legend Julie Goodyear

Tina O’Brien (Sarah Platt)

Jane Danson (Leanne) and Samia Ghadie (Maria)

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