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Linda Nolan says sisters serenaded Bernie as she used stairlift amid cancer fight

The star, who is also fighting cancer, has one of the devices herself now

Linda Nolan is battling cancer. (WireImage)
Linda Nolan is battling cancer. (WireImage)

Linda Nolan has told how she and her siblings serenaded their late sister Bernie with a Sound Of Music song when she first used a stairlift amid her cancer battle.

The star is now fighting the disease too and shared the memory of Bernie – who died in 2013 at the age of 52 – as she told fans that she now has a stairlift herself.

Writing in the Mirror, Linda said the device gave her some freedom.

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Explaining that they did it for Bernie and joking that she wasn’t going to be outdone, the star said: “When the cancer moved to her brain as it has mine, she got a stairlift, too.

"We all stood in the hall and sent her up like Her Maj singing ‘So long, Farewell’ from The Sound Of Music.

Bernie Nolan arrives at A Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards, at the Imperial War Museum, in Kennington, South London.
Bernie Nolan died in 2013. (PA Images/Alamy)

“Can you imagine the Nolans in a chorus of ‘Goodbyeeeeeeeee’ in a high pitch wail?"

The star said the moment made the sisters laugh and that Bernie thought it was "hilarious".

The 64-year-old also joked about the time it took her to get upstairs in the lift, quipping that she was leaving 10 minutes early for everything.

Nolan rose to fame as part of the singing group The Nolan Sisters (the group later became The Nolans) alongside her sisters Anne, Denise, Maureen, Bernie and Coleen, who now stars on ITV show Loose Women.

Linda and Bernie Nolan attend the Pink Ribbon Ball at the Dorchester Hotel in London
Sisters Linda and Bernie Nolan. (PA Images/Alamy)

She was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2017, after first having the disease in 2005.

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Appearing on Good Morning Britain in March, Linda told fans that the cancer has spread to her brain but that she planned to remain positive.

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