Supporters of Blackpool star Bernie Nolan have been praised for their support during her brave battle with cancer.
Bernie died in July this year, aged 52, and her funeral brought the town to a standstill as hundreds of people lined the streets to pay their respects to the former pop star.
Now Bernie’s younger sister, Coleen, 48, who performed alongside her in The Nolans, has thanked fans for their support as she gets set to make a comeback to ITV’s Loose Women following a two year hiatus.
She told a national newspaper: “It’s the public that have always mattered the most to me and the Loose Women audience are the most loyal of all.
“They have been so supportive to my family during the devastating loss of our beautiful sister and I hope they’ll be as pleased to have me back, as I am to be back.
“I felt privileged to have been one of the original Loose Women and now feel doubly privileged to be invited back six years on.”
Stars of stage and screen turned up at the Grand Theatre for Bernie’s funeral in July following her death in Trinity Hospice.
The rest of the Nolan family were joined by guests including Shane Richie, Roy Walker, Joe Longthorne, Dan Whiston and Roy Chubby Brown to celebrate a “beautiful life, beautifully lived.”
Coleen Nolan will make her comeback to the daytime series on Monday afternoon.