Family and friends of Bernie Nolan have come together at the theatre where she made her name to say goodbye to the singer and actress who died earlier this month.

The 52-year-old died after a long battle with cancer and will reportedly be buried with the ashes of her daughter, Kate, who was stillborn more than a decade ago.

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Coleen Nolan

The ceremony at the Grand Theatre in their hometown of Blackpool was planned to be "a massive celebration of her life".

Younger sister Coleen, 48, was seen dabbing a tear away as she arrived, while Bernie's daughter Erin was pictured wearing dark shades and sister Anne looked emotional as she arrived at the service.

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Shane Richie

Coleen's former husband and EastEnders star Shane Richie attended, dressed in a pale blue suit, alongside stars such as Bobby Ball, Roy Chubby Brown and actress Tupele Dorgu.

Bernie was initially given the all clear for breast cancer in 2010, but last year discovered it had spread to her brain, lungs, liver and bones.

A spokeswoman for the family said she "passed away peacefully...with all of her family around her".

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Bernie Nolan in 2005

Bernie shot to stardom with her singing sisters The Nolans.

The group, best known for 1979 hit 'I'm In The Mood For Dancing', sold millions of records around the world and enjoyed success with songs such as 'Don't Make Waves', 'Attention To Me' and 'Gotta Pull Myself Together'.

They became huge in Japan, where they are said to have sold more records than the Beatles, and also supported Frank Sinatra.

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The Nolan Sisters (top) Linda and Bernadette 'Bernie' and (bottom l-r) Anne, Maureen and Denise

Bernie quit the group in 1994 and made a name as an actress appearing in 'Brookside' and 'The Bill'.

Nolan, who married drummer Steve Doneathy and gave birth to their daughter Erin in 1999, also took part in Channel 4 series 'The Games' and ITV's 'Popstar To Operastar'.

On stage, she performed in 'Blood Brothers', 'Flashdance The Musical' and the UK tour of 'Chicago: The Musical' in 2012 as well as a touring production of 'Calendar Girls'.

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  • Bernie Nolan death

    File photo dated 06/09/10 of Bernie Nolan who died today aged 52 after a long battle with cancer, her publicist confirmed.

  • Bernie Nolan death

    File photo dated 25/05/77 of The Nolan Sisters (top) Linda and Bernadette 'Bernie' and (bottom l-r) Anne, Maureen and Denise as singer and actress Bernie Nolan died today aged 52 after a long battle with cancer, her publicist confirmed.

  • Bernie Nolan death

    File photo dated 08/11083 of The Nolans as singer and actress Bernie Nolan (centre) died today aged 52 after a long battle with cancer, her publicist confirmed.

  • Bernie Nolan death

    File photo dated 04/0/04 of Bernie Nolan who has died today aged 52 after a long battle with cancer, her publicist confirmed.

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    Irish girl group The Nolan Sisters (top left, clockwise) Denise, 24, Maureen, 21, Linda, 17, Anne, 24 and Bernadette 'Bernie', 16.

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    The Nolan Sisters sing 'It's Only Just Begun' for their sister Anne and her bridegroom Blackpool footballer Brian Wilson, following their wedding at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Blackpool. The singing bridesmaids are (l-r) Linda, 20, Coleen, 14, Maureen, 25, Bernadette 'Bernie', 18 and Denise, 27.

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    The Nolan Sisters present Eric Reading from Northampton with the National Dairy Council's Milkman of the Year Award. (top l-r) Bernadette 'Bernie', Coleen and Anne. (front) Linda (l) and Maureen (r).

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    Anglo-Irish pop group The Nolans. Clockwise, Maureen Nolan, Bernie Nolan, Coleen Nolan and Linda Nolan.

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    The Nolan Sisters arrive at the Lyceum Ballroom in London when they were presented with a special award by Princess Anne at the Carl-Alan Awards ceremony. Left to right; Linda Nolan, Coleen Nolan, Bernie Nolan, Maureen Nolan and Anne Nolan.

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    The Nolan Sisters, left to right, Coleen, Linda, Maureen and Bernadette.

  • Entertainment - The Nolans

    Anglo-Irish pop group The Nolans, left to right, Maureen Nolan, Coleen Nolan, Linda Nolan, and Bernie Nolan.

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    The Nolan Sisters at a New Bond Street record store to autograph sleeves of their discs for fans. From left to right; Bernie Nolan, Anne Nolan, Denise Nolan, Maureen Nolan and Linda Nolan.

  • Breast Cancer Care 2011 Fashion Show

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  • Breast Cancer Care 2011 Fashion Show

    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Bernie Nolan arrives for the evening Breast Cancer Care's London fashion show at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 5, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images for Breast Cancer Care)

  • TV Choice Awards - London

    Bernie Nolan arriving for the 2011 TV Choice Awards at The Savoy, Strand, London.

  • The Sun Military Awards - London

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  • Pride of Britain Awards - Arrivals

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  • Planet Hollywood Mothers' Day Brunch - London

    Bernie Nolan and her daughter Erin arrive at the Planet Hollywood Mothers' Day Brunch in London.

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    Anglo-Irish pop group The Nolan Sisters, left to right, Anne Nolan, Linda Nolan, Maureen Nolan (crouching), Coleen Nolan (standing), Bernie Nolan, and Denise Nolan.

  • 'Popstar to Operstar' press launch - London

    Bernie Nolan arrives for the press launch of ITV 1's Popstar to Operastar at Sarastro Restaurant on Drury Lane, central London.

  • SHOWBIZ The Games

    (Left to Right) Michelle Gayle, Javine Hylton, Bernie Nolan, Ebony, Amanda Lamb and Julia Goldsworthy MP during a photocall for the new series of The Games from Channel 4, at The English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, Tuesday 7 March 2006. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Alistair Wilson/PA