Jack Duckworth (played by Bill Tarmey)‘s enduring relationship with Vera Burton (Elizabeth Dawn) had always been up and down, they had a rocky marriage and sometimes Jack appeared to show little care for her.Tarmey described the first few decades in the following manner: "He would never knowingly hurt people and he loves Vera, although he doesn’t always like her. He will defend her to the death, unless the chap slagging her off is bigger than he is.
In their “hey-day” they were dubbed as the modern day Stan (Bernard Youens) and Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander)
Both characters were recently written out of the show by dying in fairly quick succession to one another. In real life, Elizabeth Dawn left first because of her emphysema, and Bill Tarmey also left because of health related problems. Their final scenes were very emotional.
Bill Tarmey sadly passed away in November 2012.
This portrait was done with Faber Castell and Staedtler Ergosoft pencils on 250 gsm paper card.