Coronation Street legend Bill Tarmey’s memory is to live on at ITV’s Granada studios – thanks to the generosity of the soap’s cast and crew.
The larger-than-life character, who played Jack Duckworth for 31 years, will be immortalised in a copper statue at the Street’s home.
Corrie cast and crew are raising enough money for the permanent structure, after he passed away last November in Tenerife, aged 71.
Bill left the show in 2010 to spend more time with his family, including his son Carl, who was battling a brain tumour.
Jack passed away in the show in an emotional episode, sat in his chair after his birthday party.
A show insider said: “Everyone on the Corrie set dearly loved Bill and his death was a real shock.”
Last month Alan Halsall, 30, who plays Tyrone Dobbs, dedicated his National Television Award to Bill and said: “He guided me from the start of my Coronation Street career. He was such a huge influence. He was like a second dad.”
Nigel Havers, 63, Corrie cad Lewis, and ex-Street star Lucy-Jo Hudson, 29, are doing a 10km run for Brain Tumour Research which Bill supported.