Jack Duckworth's bitter honour

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 September 2010
Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey

Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey

'Coronation Street' legend Jack Duckworth is to have an ale named after him when he dies

Jack Duckworth is to have an ale named after him.

The 'Coronation Street' legend - who has been played by actor Bill Tarmey for 31 years - is set to have a special keg of bitter dedicated to his memory when he passes away from cancer later this year.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "It's a master stroke - what a brilliant way to remember Jack.

"And Bill loved the idea too. His smile was a mile wide when he heard they were going to introduce a special bitter in his memory."

The soap's producer Phil Collinson reportedly came up with the idea to help pint-loving Jack stay in the memory of the show's fans.

Brewery Newton and Abbey - who are behind the iconic Rovers Return pub - are now to launch the ale in Jack's honour, and it will be sold to other Weatherfield residents after his passing.

Bill filmed his final scenes on the soap on Wednesday (15.09.10), where he said a teary goodbye to cast and crew he had worked with over the past three decades.

They all celebrated into the evening with a party thrown in his honour by bosses on the soap.

Bill reduced his hours on the show after this screen wife Vera Duckworth - played by Elizabeth Dawn - quit in 2008.

When he revealed he was going to leave the show, he said: "People often ask if I like Jack Duckworth. I always reply, 'Like him? I bloody love him'. I've had the most amazing 30 years playing Jack. Because of him I've made fantastic friends and travelled all over the world. I'll be sorry to say goodbye."

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