Coronation Street stars past and present to pay their last respects at the funeral of Liz Dawn, one of the soap’s most popular Actresses, later.
Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in the ITV soap for more than 30 years, died last week at the age of 77.
The funeral mass takes place at Salford Cathedral on Friday and will be followed by a private family in the pre-trial.
Sean Wilson played Martin Platt, told BBC Breakfast the service would be a celebration of your life.
“She was great, great fun, and I think that needs to be celebrated,” he said. “The character was very loved by the British public.”
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Dawn was one of the “mothers of the occupation” and “a very intelligent actress,” Wilson said.
“I said to her, ‘Liz, you don’t have much in this character, I think that you really know, how much you give to the British drama.'”
The funeral is conducted by father Brendan Curley, the former Dean of Salford Cathedral, and a friend of Dawn and her family, next to the Cathedral, the current Dean, father Michael Jones.
Dawn played the battleaxe Vera from 1974 to 2008, when an episode with Vera ‘ s moved the death of more than 12 million viewers. She was diagnosed with emphysema in 2004.’Strong Woman’
Comedian Ted Robbins described Dawn ” as “the kindest person I think I ever met in show business,” and said she and Bill Tarmey, the set is played-with husband Jack Duckworth, made a very entertaining couple.
“You didn’t want to take it seriously, and she was [part of] one of the greatest double-acts with Jack,” he told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.
“A really great double-act in the tradition of Morecambe and Wise, cannon and ball, this great northern acts. She was a strong woman.”
Dawn is survived by her husband Don, four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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