Stars of the soap from past and present are turning out out to pay their last respects to the veteran actress at the service in Salford today.
Nigel Pivaro, who played Liz’s onscreen son Terry Duckworth, was among the first to arrive at the service.
The funeral service sheet featured a poignant tribute to Liz
Tony was seen carrying a white rose in his hand along with a copy of the funeral’s order of service, which revealed it would be starting with famous hymn Here I Am, Lord.
The stars were allowed to leave the set at midday so they could all be in Salford for the afternoon memorial service, conducted by Father Brendan Curley, former Dean of Salford Cathedral.
TV bosses had arranged a coach to bus the castmembers to the church for the service.
They all met at the studios before boarding their transport to Salford Cathedral, with Tina O’Brien, who plays Sarah Platt, and Michael Le Vell [Kevin Webster] both being spotted before heading off.
The current Dean of the Cathedral, Father Michael Jones, is officiating alongside Father Curley.
A private family committal will take place following the service.
Liz’s family has requested that donations be made in her memory to the British Lung Foundation and Breast Cancer Care UK. Flowers for Liz are also welcome.
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A statement from her family said: “We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, the incredible Liz Dawn.
“Liz died peacefully last night at home with her loving family around her.
“She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing.”
While Liz was best known for her on-screen marriage to Jack Duckworth (played by the late Bill Tarmey) in real life she was married to her devoted husband Don and she had four children, Graham, Dawn, Ann and Julie.
A statement from Coronation Street: “It is with the greatest sadness that we have learned our beloved Liz Dawn has passed away last night. Her family at Coronation Street are heartbroken.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathy at this very sad time to Liz’s devoted husband Don, her loving children Graham, Dawn, Ann and Julie, their families and her six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
“We have been blessed to have Liz in our lives, as she was such a kind, considerate and caring friend and colleague.
“As Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth for 34 years, Liz brought so much joy and happiness to so many. She was a wonderful actress who will forever be a true Coronation Street legend.
Corrie stars flocked to pay tribute to Liz and her incredible career.
Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle Connor in the soap said: “Just heard the terrible news of our lovely Liz Dawn’s passing. I’m so sad. What a wonderful lady. She will be so missed. Love to her family.”
Anthony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully, added: “I’m devastated. Liz was a wonderful actress, a fascinating storyteller, a hilarious comedian and most importantly a brilliant friend.
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“For many people of my generation, Jack and Vera WERE Coronation Street. I’m thinking about Don and all thier family who Liz adored.
“A light had gone out in Weatherfield a few years ago, but now Manchester too has lost a little bit of its sparkle.”
Beverley Callard, who played Liz McDonald alongside Vera, said: “Liz was a darling of a person and the created one of my favourite characters of all time.
“She was one of the kindest people I have ever met and my thoughts are with her wonderful family. She will be sorely missed.”
Liz was in Coronation Street for 34 years – after first joining in 1974 – before quitting the cobbles through ill-health in 2008.
She became a charity campaigner in 2009, being named a Celebrity Ambassador for the British Lung Foundation to raise awareness of her disease.
Liz also worked tirelessly to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after being diagnosed with the condition herself.