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Gerry Marsden laid to rest as funeral held near Liverpool’s River Mersey


Gerry Marsden sadly died this month (Picture: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Gerry Marsden has been laid to rest, with his funeral being held near his beloved River Mersey in Liverpool, after dying aged 78.

The Gerry and the Pacemakers star died earlier this month after a short illness, with tributes flooding in.

The star’s ‘devastated’ family and friends said goodbye at a small funeral, in keeping with coronavirus restrictions.

Marsden’s wife of 55 years, Pauline, said she’s ‘amazed’ by the tributes paid to the late star.

She told PA: ‘We, his family, are totally devastated and have been so moved and amazed at the extent of the respect, love and affection received from all over the world.

‘When the time is right and we have come out of this terrible pandemic we hope a fitting memorial can be held for him in the city he loved so much.’

Gerry and the Pacemakers were known for their songs including You’ll Never Walk Alone (Picture: Getty Images)

The Gerry and the Pacemakers song You’ll Never Walk Alone was played during the funeral, as well as Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying, a song he wrote for his wife.

Sir Kenny Dalglish, who was manager for Liverpool football club at the time of the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989, was in attendance at the funeral.

He said: ‘Nobody can underestimate how important Gerry has been to Liverpool Football Club.

‘You’ll Never Walk Alone has huge meaning to the lives of Liverpool supporters around the world and is synonymous with the club.

Marsden was also known for his philanthropic efforts (Picture: Getty Images)

‘He will be sadly missed by those who knew him and the millions he never got to meet.’

Marsden was best known for the hits I Like It, How Do You Do It? and You’ll Never Walk Alone, the latter of which has been sung by Liverpool fans for decades.

He had battled various illnesses in the years before his death, including a triple bypass heart surgery in 2003.

He also had a second heart operation in 2016 and then had a pacemaker fitted, later acknowledging the irony given his band’s name.

Outside of his musical achievements, Marsden was also known for his philanthropic efforts and donated more than £35 million to various charities.

The musician received the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in honour of his charity work, and was also awarded an MBE in 2003.

Marsden is survived by wife Pauline who he married in 1965, and their daughters Yvette and Victoria.

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