Manchester

Victoria Wood remembered as station renamed in her honour

Victoria Wood fans
Image caption The magazine Woman's Weekly was part of a memorable line from Wood's Ballad of Barry and Freda

Manchester's Victoria Station became Victoria Wood Station for an hour earlier as hundreds of fans celebrated the comedian's life.

Many dressed up as her characters, with copies of Woman's Weekly, remembered for its "beat me on the bottom" mention in The Ballad of Barry and Freda.

The event also raised money for a children's music therapy charity, of which Victoria Wood was a patron.

The Prestwich-born comedian died in April from cancer at the age of 62.

Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus performed their own version of the famous ballad and the city's new Lord Mayor also paid tribute.

Actor Sue Devaney, who starred in the TV series Dinnerladies alongside the comedian, said "she brought so much joy to people's lives".

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Image caption Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus performed their own version of the famous ballad at the station
Image caption The Prestwich-born comedian died in April from cancer

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