Gerry Marsden funeral takes place at church close to River Mersey – Liverpool Echo

The funeral of Gerry Marsden MBE took place today in a church close to his beloved River Mersey.

Because of the coronavirus lock-down just 30 mourners – his family and very close friends and their partners – were able to attend.

Gerry, whose band The Pacemakers recorded the iconic Liverpool FC anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone, died aged 78.

Other hits by the Liverpool born singer include Ferry Cross The Mersey, I’ll Be There, How Do You Do It? and I Like It.

Pauline, his wife of 55 years, said: “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.”

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Gerry Marsden MBE, Freeman of the city of Liverpool, died on January 3 after a short illness.

He leaves a wife, Pauline two daughters Yvette and Vicky and two grandchildren Tom and Maggie.

Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, had been a close friend of the singer and attended the funeral.

He said: “Gerry’s legacy is his enduring music enjoyed by millions of fans worldwide and a football anthem sung on terraces around the globe. But he was a family man and a friend to many.

Gerry Marsden launched RLB360,a new Royal Liver Building visitor attraction in 2019

“I feel privileged he let me into his life although that makes his passing even more painful.”

Also one of the mourners, Sir Kenny Dalglish 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.

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

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Liverpool journalist, Arthur Johnson, a close family friend for many years was also chosen to attend and said: “Gerry loved Liverpool and its people. Some years ago we flew to Australia together to found Scousers Down Under.

“He lived close to the banks of the Mersey for all his life and as the words of his song say “This land’s the place I love and here I’ll stay.”

There will be a tribute to the singer before tomorrow’s Liverpool FC game against Manchester United.

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