A MANCHESTER train station will be named after the late Prestwich comedian Victoria Wood – for one hour.

Victoria Station will become Victoria Wood Station for a special hour of music and memories on Saturday from 2pm to 3pm. Travellers will be encouraged to pay their own tributes to the comedian who died in April aged 62.

Proceeds from the event, which was organised by Kath Fox, co-chairman of Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus, will go to Jessie’s Fund. Victoria, who was a pupil at Bury Grammar School Girls from 1964 to 1971, was a patron of Jessie's Fund – a charity set up by her old school friend Lesley Schatzberger in memory of her daughter. The charity helps disabled children to communicate by using music.

The event will be presented by singer and actor Sue Devaney who worked with Victoria on the Dinnerladies TV series.

The city’s LGBT+ community choir will be performing their own special LGBT version of the Ballad of Barry and Freda, entitled The Ballad of Carrie and Freda, Barry and Fred.

Manchester’s newly-installed Lord Mayor will pay tribute to Victoria on behalf of the City of Manchester, and the ladies of the county’s WIs will be selling specially-made tribute Victoria Wood Sponges in aid of Jessie’s Fund.

Fans will be encouraged to come dressed as their favourite characters, played by Victoria Wood.

Lesley Schatzberger, director of Jessie's Fund, said: “I’m really looking forward to the tribute to Victoria Wood, in Manchester, where we both grew up.

“Nationwide there’s been a massive outpouring of love and respect for Victoria in the weeks since she died, but she has an extra special place in the hearts of Mancunians.

“Victoria was a fantastic patron, and once said she was delighted to become a patron of Jessie’s Fund because the mission seems abundantly clear: that music is there for everybody, it helps everybody, no matter what their physical limitations or their difficulties with vision, hearing, or communication.”