Liz Dawn funeral: Coronation Street stars Samia Longchambon and Alan Halsall hold back tears as they give emotional eulogy to ‘generous, kind, considerate’ co-star

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CORRIE stars Samia Longchambon and Alan Halsall gave a moving eulogy to “inspiration” Liz Dawn, their legendary co-star and alter-ego of Vera Duckworth, at her funeral today.

Samia, who plays Maria in the soap, struggled with her emotions and lent on husband Sylvian Longchambon for support while Alan, who plays Tyrone, gripped the hand of with wife Lucy-Jo Hudson – as they gathered with co-stars at the ceremony.

 Samia Longchambon and Alan Halsall gave an emotional eulogy at the funeral of Liz Dawn

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Samia Longchambon and Alan Halsall gave an emotional eulogy at the funeral of Liz Dawn
 Samia holds husband Sylvain's hand on the way in

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Samia holds husband Sylvain’s hand on the way in
 Alan and Lucy-Jo were a unit as they arrived

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Alan and Lucy-Jo were a unit as they arrived

The duo read their emotive speech to gathered mourners at Salford Cathedral, including Helen Worth, who plays Gail, and Antony Cotton, who plays Sean – as the congregation struggled to hold back tears.

Remembering the actress, who played Vera for 34 years until 2008, 35-year-old Samia began: “Liz was always a force to be reckoned with and someone we all looked up to and admired.

“Liz was undoubtedly a wonderful, kind, funny and considerate person and someone whose generosity knew no bounds.

“Liz was an incredibly special lady and her legacy will go on. She touched our lives and made a difference and for that reason we are truly grateful for her.”

 Soap icon Liz Dawn died of emphysema related to her smoking

Soap icon Liz Dawn died of emphysema related to her smoking
 Alan said Liz treated everybody the same and expected no kindness in return for hers

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Alan said Liz treated everybody the same and expected no kindness in return for hers
 Samia holds hands with a friend as she leaves the ceremony

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Samia holds hands with a friend as she leaves the ceremony

Alan, 35, then went on: “Liz could talk to anyone and always treated everyone the same, which was absolutely part of her charm one of the reasons we loved her all the more.

“Liz was a true inspiration and always so generous with her time, but she never expected anything in return.

 Mourners were given this service sheet

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Mourners were given this service sheet
 The reverse showed Liz as a young actress in the 1960s

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The reverse showed Liz as a young actress in the 1960s

“She also had no idea how much she was loved or how funny she was and she’d have been totally overwhelmed by the outpouring of love these last couple of weeks.

“This really wouldn’t be a tribute to Liz without ending it the way she ended all of her conversations with me and Samia and that is simply… I love you.”

 Liz as Peggy Lee on Stars In Their Eyes

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Liz as Peggy Lee on Stars In Their Eyes
Coronation Street legends say ta-ra to Vera Duckworth as funeral held at Salford Cathedral for Liz Dawn

Liz died aged 77 from emphysema related to several decades of smoking last month.

Her on-screen relationship with the late actor Bill Tarmey, who played her husband Jack, was central to the appeal of the ITV soap for three decades.

 Jack and Vera in the Rovers where they shared so many great moments on Corrie

Jack and Vera in the Rovers where they shared so many great moments on Corrie

The last picture taken of Liz shows her holding her baby granddaughter – and during a hospital visit, she told her on-screen son Nigel Pivaro she had been dreaming about being back on set working on Corrie again.

Liz Dawn’s 34 year career as Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street


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