Funeral For TV &#thirty-nine;Matriarch' Denise Robertson

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 9:44 PM

Eamonn Holmes leads the tributes at the service for the agony aunt he described as "a shoulder to cry on and a companion for life".

Funeral For TV &#thirty-nine;Matriarch' Denise Robertson

Friends, family, fans and celebrity colleagues of Denise Robertson have paid tribute to the agony aunt who won the hearts of millions of TV viewers.

The twice-widowed great-grandmother, who worked on ITV'south This Morning since it debuted in one thousand nine hundred eighty-eighth, died from pancreatic cancer aged 83.

Hundreds of people packed into Sunderland Minster and filled the road exterior in honour of the TV icon.

This Morning and Sky News presenter Eamonn Holmes, who first worked alongside Robertson at the BBC in the one thousand nine hundred eighty, spoke at the service.

"You think when you leave school or Univ or college that'south you finished with passing tests - until you met Denise Robertson, the matriarch of studio eight," he told mourners.

"Never was there a more shrewd judge of character.

"She could spot a fake at a hundred paces but once you were in as a graduate of the Robertson School of Life then you'd a mum, an aunt, a best friend, a shoulder to cry on and a companion for life."

Holmes said the TV agony aunt had saved many desperate people'south lives with her support which lasted well past any broadcast.

Speaking before the funeral, This Morning'south Phillip Schofield said she worked tirelessly to help others.

"She was feisty, really, really tenacious and would power through authority," he said.

"If someone told her 'no', it wouldn't create any difference."

As her coffin was driven far after the hour-long service, the crowd that'd gathered exterior the church applauded.

Robertson was awarded an MBE a decade ago and given the Freedom of the City of Sunderland.

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