Crowds gathered today to say one last goodbye.
Today, hundreds of relatives, friends and fans of the talented Nolan sisters gathered in Blackpool to celebrate the life of Bernadette or simply Bernie Nolan, who died earlier this month after a prolonged battle with cancer. The event has been two weeks in the making. Since Bernie’s family wanted to do the extraordinary woman justice. More than a thousand people line the streets and gathered in front of Blackpool’s Grand Theatre to pay their last respects. The venue was selected by Bernie herself, for its sentimental value – it’s where the Nolan sisters had most of their very earliest gigs. They even performed for the Queen there in the 1980s.
Bernie Nolan Wanted To Be Remembered At Her Best.
The news of Bernie’s death were announced earlier this month, on the 4th of July. The cause of death was breast cancer. While the singer had been cleared of the deadly disease back in 2010, in October 2010 doctors found that the cancer had spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones. In February 2013, the doctors reportedly gave Bernie no more than a few more weeks to live. In March, she made the decision to move out of the hostel she was staying in and live out the rest of her days in her Surrey home.
Guest - The funeral of Bernie Nolan at the Grand Theatre Blackpool. The coffin leaves the Grand Theatre in Blackpool enroute to the Carlton crematorium - Blackpool, United Kingdom - Wednesday 17th July 2013
The death of the 80s singing sensation was announced yesterday.
Bernie Nolan, part of sister group The Nolans, died yesterday at the age of 52. The singer, who shot to stardom in the late 70s with the album 20 Giant Hits, which peaked at number 3 in the UK charts.
From left to right: Coleen, Bernadette, Linda Nolan pose in front of the BBC Radio 1 Studios in 2012.
Yesterday, it was announced that Bernie died after losing her prolonged battle with cancer. She had been declared clear of breast cancer, after undergoing treatment in 2010, however, just last year, Nolan received the news that the cancer had spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones.
Floods of tributes have been pouring in for the likable singer and actress Bernie Nolan.
Bernie Nolan, the actress and former lead singer of The Nolans, has died aged 52 following a long battle with breast cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy and having a mastectomy, Nolan was given the all clear in 2012, though the disease returned months later and spread to her brain, bones, lungs and liver.
"Bernie passed away peacefully this morning with all of her family around her," said a spokesperson for the family, "The entire family are devastated to have lost beloved Bernie, a wonderful wife, adoring mother and loving sister, she is irreplaceable."
Born on 17 October 1960, Nolan grew up in an entertainment troupe of five sisters and two brothers. She turned to acting following 20 years fronting the Irish all-girl group The Nolans, during which time she enjoyed success with hits including I'm In The Mood For Dancing and Don't Make Waves. The former track incorporated a timely disco beat that can still be heard on dance-floors up and down the country today. It featured Bernie's recognisable vocal and would become The Nolan's biggest and best-known hit, reaching No 3 in the UK and topping the charts in Japan, where it sold a monumental 600,000 copies.
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Colleen Nolan, Bernie Nolan, LINDA NOLAN and Maureen Nolan - Bernie Nolan performs with her band and sisters The Nolans on what was to be her last tour in 2009. - Sheffield, United Kingdom - Sunday 1st November 2009