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Flags cross the Mersey lowered for Gerry

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SIR Paul McCartney has said he will always remember his long-time friend and fellow Merseyside singing star Gerry Marsden with a smile.

Marsden, whose band Gerry and the Pacemakers were behind hits like You’ll Never Walk Alone, Ferry Cross The Mersey, I’ll Be There, How Do You Do It? and I Like It, died in hospital in the early hours of Sunday, aged 78.

Marsden worked the same Liverpool/Hamburg music club circuit as Sir Paul in the Beatles and many other groups in the early 1960s. Sir Paul tweeted: “Gerry was a mate from our early

days in Liverpool. He and his group were our biggest rivals on the local scene. His unforgetta­ble performanc­es of You’ll Never Walk Alone and Ferry Cross the Mersey remain in many people’s hearts as reminders of a joyful time in British music...

“My sympathies go to his wife Pauline and family. See ya, Gerry. I’ll always remember you with a smile – Paul.” Former Beatle Sir Ringo Starr also paid tribute to Marsden, and sent “peace and love” to all his family.

You’ll Never Walk Alone became a football anthem for Marsden’s home club, Liverpool.

 ??  ?? A flag on the Royal Iris Mersey ferry flies at half-mast in memory of Gerry Marsden, pictured below singing You’ll Never Walk Alone at Anfield
A flag on the Royal Iris Mersey ferry flies at half-mast in memory of Gerry Marsden, pictured below singing You’ll Never Walk Alone at Anfield
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