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Saturday, 28 July 2012

Ex Corrie star Geoffrey Hughes passes away at 68


With great sadness, we announce the death of a true Corrie great - Geoffrey Hughes. Between 1974 and 1983 and in 1987, he played the loveable ex-con and binman Eddie Yeats. He passed away of prostate cancer. He had been living on the Isle of Wight.

Eddie is best remembered for his Scouse accent, his wonderful chuckle and for being Stan and Hilda's lodger in the early 1980s. A Rovers regular, he was responsible for installing the famous 'muriel' at the Ogdens' house and was involved in many schemes over the years - conning the residents on numerous occassions by selling dodgy carpets, watches and paintings. He was an unlikely friend and confidante to Bet Lynch and worked for a time as a labourer for Len Fairclough. Eddie left the street in 1983 with new wife Marion and their daughter Dawn was born in 1984. He did return briefly to visit Hilda in hospital in 1987 as Geoffrey Hughes wanted one last chance to act alongside Jean Alexander who was leaving the show.



As well as his role as Eddie, Geoffrey Hughes is also known for playing Onslow in  Keeping Up Appearances, Twiggy in The Royle Family and Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat.

Thank you Geoffrey for creating such a brilliant character, and rest in peace.

The BBC have a tribute to Geoffrey Hughes here.

Do you have any memories of Geoffrey? Did you ever meet him? Leave your comments and tributes below.

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9 comments:

corrierules said...

:) Very sad. Always loved the scenes with Hilda, Stan and Eddie. It was a scene with Eddie Yeats at the Rovers that got me hooked on Corrie. There he was, propping up the bar, wondering if and how Jewish people celebrated Christmas. It made me laugh and drew me in. It was just a lovely little throwaway scene -- nothing much happened, but it was charming to watch. RIP, Geoffrey Hughes.

Anonymous said...

Sad news for sure. I wasn't a Coronation Street viewer back in the day, but always remember Hughes from Keeping Up Appearances.

"I'm sitting here completely surrounded by no beer!"

Legend!

Anonymous said...

I wasn't aware of this until I clicked on this site. So saddened by the news. Stan, Hilda and Eddie were such a part of my childhood.:(

Anonymous said...

I was also a fan of his from Keeping Up Appearances. Too soon and under sad circumstances. RIP.

Joseph said...

Wow. Sad day. He'll always be Onslow from Keeping Up Appearances.

Onslow on Hyacinth outliving him: Oh nice.

Anonymous said...

Love heart beat god rest you.

Anonymous said...

Geoff was one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to work with - a true gent.
RIP sweet man xxx

Glenda Young said...

thanks for bloggig this llifon - I'm having a few days holiday and saw this on the news last night. Very asd news.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, a great loss. He always came across as a lovely man and has played some truly memorable characters. RIP- NN

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