Stars of the beloved British soap opera gathered to remember the TV writer, real name Anthony MCVay Simpson, at the service at Manchester Cathedral.

Warren, who passed away earlier this month (Mar16) after a short illness, created Coronation Street in 1960. He initially wrote only 13 episodes of the program, but the show's success has resulted in it still being on the air more than half a century later.

Gathered at the funeral service were many of the show's cast, including original 1960 star William Roache who delivered a reading at the service.

In the wake of the screenwriter's death, Roache, who still appears in the show as Ken Barlow, said in a statement, "I loved Tony’s energy. He was the father of Coronation Street and he gave us all so much. He will be so desperately missed because of who he was and what he did. We owe him so much."

Other Coronation Street stars past and present in attendance included Michael LeVell, Tina O'Brien, Brooke Vincent, Jane Danson, Antony Cotton, Samia Ghadie, Les Dennis and Jennie MCAlpine.

Warren continued to write episodes of the soap, based in Weatherfield, a fictional area of Greater Manchester, England until the 1970s before embarking on a career as a novellist.

Among Warren's friends who delivered tributes at the funeral was the actress and director Noreen Kershaw, the Reverend Stephen Coles and his close friend David Tucker.