The funeral of acclaimed Manchester vocalist Denise Johnson will be held next Wednesday, August 19, her family have announced.

And all those who loved her are being invited to safely line a route to Southern Cemetery to pay their respects.

Denise, who sang alongside Primal Scream, Johnny Marr and New Order, passed away suddenly last month aged 56.

And Denise's family have also revealed a special summer celebration of her life will be held next year, at an event in her memory on her birthday, July 31, 2021.

They spoke of their disappointment that current Covid-19 restrictions have put a limit on the number of people allowed to be at the funeral service.

Close friend Sue Langford posted a statement on behalf of Denise's family on Facebook.

Denise was 56 - and a celebration of her life is being planned for next summer

They said: "We're so disappointed that what should be a fabulous celebration of Denise's life has to be limited under the current restrictions, so have already started planning an event in her memory, on her birthday next summer, 31 July, 2021.

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"Her funeral will take place at the Manchester Crematorium, Southern Cemetery, at 1pm on Wednesday 19 August.

"Due to restrictions on how many mourners are allowed inside the crematorium grounds, well-wishers are asked instead to line the route that Denise will take.

"Close friends have been invited to gather in the grounds of the cemetery, with family making up the very small number of guests allowed inside the chapel. We respectfully ask that anyone not already invited should take their place in the lining of the route instead."

Denise with A Certain Ratio

The family are asking donations in lieu for The Music Venue Trust or Age UK, Manchester.

It's also hoped the funeral service will be available to view online, with a further announcement expected.

The statement added: "Everyone in Denise's family has been stunned by how much love has poured from friends and colleagues around the country and from all corners of the world: they've found it so supportive after Denise's sudden death, and their message to you all is, simply, "Thank you'.

"Please line the route for Denise's final journey."

Denise's funeral will be held next Wednesday

Starting at around 12.15pm on Manchester Road in Whalley Range, at the junction of Stratton Road, the funeral cortege will head into Chorlton past the former Baths, Chorlton Library, continuing by the four banks and down Barlow Moor Road by the bus station, over the tramlines at the junction of Mauldeth Road/Hardy Lane and to Southern Cemetery.

Born in Hulme and raised in Chorlton, Denise became fascinated with music from an early age.

After club tours and covers, Denise joined A Fifth of Heaven and the band had a major hit with Just A Little More in 1989.

Primal Scream enlisted her to sing on what would become their groundbreaking album Screamadelica.

A flurry of recordings with Bernard Butler, The Waterboys, New Order, Gay Dad, Michael Hutchence and Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner's project Electronic followed.

With A Certain Ratio, Denise appeared on five albums and formed an integral part of their live line-up.