Yet another sad and premature loss as Geoff Hughes has passed away aged 68.
Wallasey born Geoff is most famous for his role as binman Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street and Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances, but he had a long and illustrious career with credits including the films Yellow Submarine (as Paul McCartney), The Virgin Soldiers, Adolf Hitler; My Part In His Downfall, Smashing Time and TV such as The Likely Lads, Doctor Who and Spender. He also played Twiggy in The Royle Family and Vernon Scripps in 1960s Yorkshire set Heartbeat. The last thing I recall seeing him in was 2007's (rather ill advised and corny) live musical A Liverpool Nativity in which he played the Angel Gabriel on the streets of his hometown.
Away from the cameras, Hughes lived on the Isle Of Wight and served as the Deputy Lieutenant for the county. He was a keen admirer of English folk music and an Honorory Squire of The Dartington Morris Men.
He had suffered from prostate cancer for some time.