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Anne Kirkbride's Corrie funeral a 'wonderful send-off'

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Anne Kirkbride's Corrie funeral a 'wonderful send-off'

Anne Kirkbride's 'Coronation Street' funeral will be a "wonderful send-off".

The actress - who played Deirdre Barlow in the ITV soap - will be buried in an episode airing on Monday (13.07.15) and William Roache, whose character Ken Barlow was married to Deirdre, thinks viewers will be pleased with her send-off.

He said: "From Annie's point of view, she's had a wonderful send-off - both as a person and on screen. Everybody loved Annie, they really did - and the stories we're telling really show that and respect it. It's been great to act out."

The soap legend - who has been in 'Corrie' since its first episode in 1960 - went on to reveal that Ken "loses it" on the day of the funeral and lashes out at his daughter Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford), blaming her for not getting the chance to say goodbye to his wife.

Speaking to Inside Soap magazine, he added: "For Ken, he's got three things going on: his grief at losing Deirdre, his anger at Tracy, and then (his son) Peter failing to turn up to be a pall-bearer. I'm afraid Ken loses it in the church and really goes for Tracy.

"Deirdre was always in the middle sorting them out and would always defend Tracy. But the way Ken sees it, Deirdre spent a lot of time trying to excuse Tracy's behaviour when it was inexcusable. It caused Deirdre so much grief that it makes him very angry."