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I've just heard that Geoff Hughes, who's been battling prostrate cancer for some years, has died. He was 68. Geoff was known to many as Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street, Twiggy in The Royle Family, and had appeared in Z-Cars, The Likely Lads, Keeping Up Appearances, and was also the voice of Paul McCartney in the animated film of The Beatles "Yellow Submarine". Geoff, who lived on the Isle Of Wight, was also an accomplished bodhran player, and a great music fan. He even turned up to occasional Barking Spider gigs at South Parade Pier- including to see Fairport Convention. A measure of the man was the fact he nver asked for a freebie or announced who he was, but just bought his ticket like everyone else. A lovely man. He'd also been a compere at Cropredy Festival, where he was fixture most years. He'll be missed at "the long bar..." Condolences to his wife Sue and his many, many friends. J.