Former Oasis guitarist performed the 'Royle Family' theme in tribute to late actress and writer

Noel Gallagher paid tribute to the late Caroline Aherne last night on Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer fundraiser.

The Royle Family writer and comedian passed away back in July after a battle with cancer, aged 52. Gallagher was among those to pay tribute after Aherne’s death, writing “my God you made us laugh.”

On last night’s Stand Up To Cancer, Gallagher performed Oasis song and Royle Family theme ‘Half The World Away’ in honour of Aherne. Watch footage beneath.

Earlier this year, Noel paid tribute to Aherne during a gig in Nashville. Before performing ‘Half The World Away’, he told the crowd: “I want to dedicate the next song to a friend of mine who died this afternoon. Her name was Caroline and she was a very, very, very funny woman. She used this next song on a very, very, very, very brilliant sit-com in England called The Royle Family.’

Meanwhile, Ricky Tomlinson has hit out against Peter Hook for his claims that his ex-wife and comedian Aherne abused him while they were married. Former New Order and Joy Division bassist Hook accused Aherne of domestic abuse, “putting cigarettes out” on him and attacking him with “bottles, knives [and] chairs”.

The couple were married from 1994-1997. He made the accusations in his new autobiography Substance, before Aherne’s brother Patrick spoke out in her defence and called Hook’s remarks “disgusting”‘.

Aherne’s Royle Family co-star and close friend Tomlinson joined the criticism of Hook. “It’s very, very sad what [Hook’s] done,” he told The Mirror. “She can’t answer back. She has no redress. Why couldn’t he have made the claims when she was alive?