Liz Dawn funeral: Coronation Street legends from past and present say ta-ra to Vera Duckworth

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THE stars of Coronation Street stars have gathered for Liz Dawn’s funeral in Manchester to say goodbye to the soap legend.

Famous faces from the world of showbiz are turning out for the service at Salford Cathedral today to honour the veteran actress, who died last month aged 77.

 Helen Worth, who played Vera Duckworth's former warehouse co-worker Gail Platt, was among the early arrivals

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Helen Worth, who played Vera Duckworth’s former warehouse co-worker Gail Platt, was among the early arrivals
 Helen tried to put on a brave face

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Helen tried to put on a brave face
 Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle Connor, looked sad as she headed in wearing a black suit

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Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle Connor, looked sad as she headed in wearing a black suit
 The actress wore her hair down and added a plain black suit

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The actress wore her hair down and added a plain black suit
 Kym was among the famous faces mingling at the service

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Kym was among the famous faces mingling at the service
 Sally Dynevor and Michael Le Vell, better known as Sally and Kevin Webster, arrived together

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Sally Dynevor and Michael Le Vell, better known as Sally and Kevin Webster, arrived together
 The pair played a couple in the soap for years

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The pair played a couple in the soap for years
 Micheal hid his eyes behind dark sunglasses but he still looked devastated

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Micheal hid his eyes behind dark sunglasses but he still looked devastated
 Alan Halsall, who played Vera Duckworth's son Tyrone, and wife Lucy-Jo Hudson, who played Katy Harris, held hands outside the service

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Alan Halsall, who played Vera Duckworth’s son Tyrone, and wife Lucy-Jo Hudson, who played Katy Harris, held hands outside the service
 The couple clung onto each other as they headed into the cathedral

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The couple clung onto each other as they headed into the cathedral
 Anthony Cotton, who plays factory worker Sean Tully, posted a sweet tribute to Liz after her death

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Anthony Cotton, who plays factory worker Sean Tully, posted a sweet tribute to Liz after her death
 Samia Longchambon, who plays Maria Connor, arrived with her ice dancer husband Sylvain

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Samia Longchambon, who plays Maria Connor, arrived with her ice dancer husband Sylvain
 The couple looked sombre as they headed to the venue

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The couple looked sombre as they headed to the venue
 Samir held onto her flowers as she got off the bus

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Samir held onto her flowers as she got off the bus

Liz, who spent more than three decades playing Vera Duckworth on Corrie, passed away on September 25 after a battle with lung condition emphysema.

Soap bosses let castmembers finish work early today so they could attend the funeral.

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.

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The funeral service sheet featured a poignant tribute to Liz

 An image of the actress in her youth graced the back cover

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An image of the actress in her youth graced the back cover
 Liz's real life husband Donald Ibbetson broke down as the coffin was brought in

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Liz’s real life husband Donald Ibbetson broke down as the coffin was brought in
 Liz's distressed husband Donald Ibbetson was consoled by friends and family outside

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Liz’s distressed husband Donald Ibbetson was consoled by friends and family outside
 Donald looked deeply upset as he paid his last respects to his late wife

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Donald looked deeply upset as he paid his last respects to his late wife
 Shobna Gulati, who played Sunita Alahan, looked upset on her way in

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Shobna Gulati, who played Sunita Alahan, looked upset on her way in
 She was on the soap from 2001 until 2006

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She was on the soap from 2001 until 2006
 Bruce Jones, who spent years playing Les Battersby, could not hide his sadness

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Bruce Jones, who spent years playing Les Battersby, could not hide his sadness
 He looked distraught has he headed into the cathedral

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He looked distraught has he headed into the cathedral
 The actor struggled to hide his emotions

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The actor struggled to hide his emotions
 David Neilson, who plays Vera's former co-worker Roy Cropper, followed his co-stars into the venue

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David Neilson, who plays Vera’s former co-worker Roy Cropper, followed his co-stars into the venue
 The actor looked smart in a black suit - a big change from Roy's usual attire

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The actor looked smart in a black suit – a big change from Roy’s usual attire
 Alison King, who plays Carla Connor, also wore a black trouser suit for the sad occasion

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Alison King, who plays Carla Connor, also wore a black trouser suit for the sad occasion
 The actress looked windswept as she went indoors

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The actress looked windswept as she went indoors
 Ken Morley, who plays Cobbles veteran Reg Holdsworth, wrapped up warm in a big coat

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Ken Morley, who plays Cobbles veteran Reg Holdsworth, wrapped up warm in a big coat
 He braved the wintery temperatures in Salford today

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He braved the wintery temperatures in Salford today
 The veteran actor/comedian put on a brave face at the funeral

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The veteran actor/comedian put on a brave face at the funeral
 The word 'mum' was spelt out in flowers at the back of the hearse

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The word ‘mum’ was spelt out in flowers at the back of the hearse
 The coffin was laden with floral tributes

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The coffin was laden with floral tributes
 It was an emotional moment as the pallbearers took the coffin inside

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It was an emotional moment as the pallbearers took the coffin inside
 The funeral was held in the heart of Salford at 2pm

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The funeral was held in the heart of Salford at 2pm
 Friends and family gathered to say goodbye to the actress

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Friends and family gathered to say goodbye to the actress

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.

 Nigel Pivaro, who played Liz Dawn's onscreen son Terry Duckworth, was among the first at the church

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Nigel Pivaro, who played Liz Dawn’s onscreen son Terry Duckworth, was among the first at the church
 Sally Ann Matthews, who plays Jenny Bradley , was upset before the service

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Sally Ann Matthews, who plays Jenny Bradley , was upset before the service
 Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby, wore a black skirt, thick tights and boots

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Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby, wore a black skirt, thick tights and boots
 Georgia Taylor, who returned as Toyah Battersby last year, headed in along with her onscreen sister Jane

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Georgia Taylor, who returned as Toyah Battersby last year, headed in along with her onscreen sister Jane
 David Platt actor Jack P. Shepherd was among the mourners today

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David Platt actor Jack P. Shepherd was among the mourners today

 Tina O'Brien, who plays Sarah Platt, was seen at the Corrie set before heading to the funeral

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Tina O’Brien, who plays Sarah Platt, was seen at the Corrie set before heading to the funeral
 Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, was also spotted at the studios before the service

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Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, was also spotted at the studios before the service
 The Corrie cast boarded a bus to all go to the funeral together

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The Corrie cast boarded a bus to all go to the funeral together
 Liz Dawn died, aged 77 and her funeral is taking place today

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Liz Dawn died, aged 77 and her funeral is taking place today

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.

Liz Dawn: Goodbye Vera

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.

 The actress was on Corrie for more than three decades

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The actress was on Corrie for more than three decades

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.

 Vera Duckworth was one of the soap's best-loved characters

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Vera Duckworth was one of the soap’s best-loved characters

“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.

 She was remembered with a special tribute on Corrie after her death last month

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She was remembered with a special tribute on Corrie after her death last month

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.

Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in the soap, has died aged 77

“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.

 Liz will be remembered for her sparkling soap performances

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Liz will be remembered for her sparkling soap performances

“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.


TA-RA CHUCK Coronation Street’s cast lead emotional tributes to Liz Dawn as Vera Duckworth actress dies aged 77


As part of her role at the British Lung Foundation she piloted the Breathe Easy Week campaign to raise awareness of the reality of lung diseases.

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