Good bye Jack Duckworth!

Coronation Street star Bill Tarmey has announced that he intends to retire next year.

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The 67-year-old actor has played Jack Duckworth in the soap for 29 years – and he says he’ll leave when he reaches his 30th anniversary.

His decision to go follows the departure of co-star Liz Dawn – who played his on-screen wife Vera.

‘He’s looking forward to being out at his place in Tenerife,’ a friend tells the News Of The World.

Liz left the show in January after Vera was killed off in some of the most emotional scenes in Corrie’s history.