October 25, 2011 by staff
As Betty Turpin, who became the Rovers Return more years of service waitress – famous for its wines – and one of the favorite characters from Wall Street.
And Helen Worth who plays Gail McIntyre in the soap, told the congregation: “The Rovers will not be the same without her.
“I think I speak for all the cast, crew, production, worldwide – we will miss her very much.”
Hundreds of fans in tears at the funeral Betty saw an especially large screen erected outside the church of Santa Ana in Manchester.
Last year, Betty, who acted in more than 2,800 episodes of Coronation Street after a long career in showbiz, insisted he never withdraw from the series. She said: “I love I can not leave, will not retire – I never, ever ..”
A sob Sue Nicolls, Julie Goodyear, Bill Tarmey, William Roache, Barraclough and Michael Le Vell Roy were among the stars who came to say goodbye to Betty.
One of the crowns placed outside the church said: “Dear Betty, missed and remembered with love, all her friends in Coronation Street.” Another said: “Dear Betty, we’ve lost a sister, an aunt and a great friend of our family.”
Goodyear wreath said: “Miss Betty Driver MBE, her lifelong friend Miss Julie Goodyear MBE 3plx ..”
TV star Paul O’Grady wrote: “In memory of a lovely woman I miss you.”.
Speakers at the service – which was followed by a private burial – including impresario Bill Kenwright, who played her screen son Gordon.
He describes her as his “second mother” and a “wonderful actress.”
He also recalled her early singing career, saying: “Betty was a huge star, huge variety.”
Worth said: “So how do we say goodbye to her in the way they wanted us to do with a smile, recalling her infectious laugh, her perfume, she announced her arrival, her love life and everyone in him and celebrate with joy the glorious 91 years of Betty Driver. ”
He added: “Betty just wanted everyone to be happy.”
Outside the church, Roache (Ken Barlow) said: “She was there you could feel her presence.”.
Antony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully, said: “She was an amazing woman The service was really, really amazing filled the room that was a glorious performer ….”
It is worth adding: “I think it’s a farewell to her on the street in a couple of months.”
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