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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby have paid an emotional tribute to much-loved agony aunt Deni...

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby pay tribute before funeral of Denise Robertson

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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby have paid an emotional tribute to much-loved agony aunt Denise Robertson ahead of her funeral.

The TV presenters were at Sunderland Minster, where the service for the popular This Morning expert was being held following her death from pancreatic cancer at the age of 83.

Before the funeral, where hundreds of mourners were expected, Phillip said: “She was such a kind, loving person, friend.”

He talked of the emotion of seeing her photo on the wall at the ITV studio.

“We walked past it the other day and I said this feels so wrong, so strange. It’s terribly emotional still in the building,” he added.

Holly said: “This Morning is such a family show and she was the matriarch.

“It doesn’t quite feel real.

“All of us need to be here to say goodbye today because she still feels very much part of the show.”

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