Nolan sisters reunite at Bernie Nolan's funeral

Bernie Nolan - Nolan sisters reunite at Bernie Nolan's funeral

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Bernie Nolan has been laid to rest.

The late singer - who passed away from breast cancer age 52 earlier this month - was mourned at a funeral service held at the Grand Theatre in her hometown of Blackpool, Lancashire.

Bernie's husband, Steve Doneathy, and her daughter Erin, 14, led the 400 mourners inside the theatre for the service, which had been planned by the singer in the months before her death

The Nolans singer's sisters Coleen, 48, and Anne, 62, looked emotional as they arrived at the service, which was also attended by comedians Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball and 'EastEnders' actor Shane Richie.

Bernie's brother, Brian, performed the opening address and her sister Maureen read a heartfelt letter penned by Bernie, with her daughter reading the poem 'Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep'.

The order of service featured a picture of Bernie with Steve and Erin, and read: ''My two heroes. I love you both more than life itself.''

The event was followed by a private cremation, and her ashes were then buried alongside her stillborn daughter Kate at Carleton Crematorium.

Blackpool was a fitting choice of venue to look back on Bernie's life since her parents Tommy and Maureen moved over from Ireland so the six sisters could pursue a showbiz career as part of their family singing group.

The late star made her stage debut aged just five in the city's Waterloo Road Working Men's Club.

The siblings went on to become household names during their long career, scoring a worldwide hit with track 'I'm In The Mood for Dancing'.

Four of the six sisters - Coleen, Bernie, Linda and Maureen were left out - tried to revive the group in 2009.


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