Coronation Street cast legend Eileen Derbyshire’s husband of 56 years has died after a being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
The 89-year-old star’s other half Thomas W. Holt died last weekend, with the couple’s only son, Oliver Holt, at his bedside.
Eileen, who is best known for playing Emily Bishop on the hit ITV soap for 58 years, first met former engineer Thomas in 1964.
They lived together in a large cottage in Cheshire.
While paying tribute to his dad, Oliver reflected on when Thomas took him to his first football game at Stockport County’s Edgeley Park.
Oliver connected his time of mourning with a realisation of what football means to sports fans.
He penned: “My dad never forgot Stockport even when he was deep into his struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
“He wanted to go back there and revisit all the places of his youth. Sometimes, he asked me if I’d give him the bus fare for the journey.
“Now and then, in between drives up into the Peak District, I’d take him back to Manchester Road so we could look at his old house and drive past the George & Dragon where his dad used to go for a few pints.
“Sometimes, I’d drive him past Edgeley Park, too, past the spot we parked on that Monday evening nearly 42 years ago. It was part of our history.
“Taking me there was one of the many things I was grateful to him for. And so, County and Stockport Viaduct, a landmark of which he was inordinately proud, were two of the last things I mentioned to him before he died last weekend.”
Oliver added in his column for the Mail On Sunday: “He was unconscious by the time I arrived but, after I had been sitting at his bedside for a while, I told him I’d been to watch the home game against Sutton United 10 days earlier.”
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