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'Coronation Street's Betty Driver's funeral held in Manchester

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Family, friends and colleagues of Coronation Street star Betty Driver gathered in Manchester today for her funeral.

Hundreds of fans also gathered outside St Ann's Church in the city centre to pay their respects to the actress, who died peacefully last week at the age of 91.

The Funeral of Betty Driver

© @GranadaReports & @benschofield

The Funeral of Betty Driver

© @granadaReports & @benschofield



Images Tweeted by Granada Reports and reporter Ben Schofield show stars of Coronation Street both past and present attending the funeral, as well as those who worked with her during her time as a big band singer and film actress.

Flowers were laid outside the church ahead of the service, which was broadcast to onlookers on a big screen outside the venue.

Coronation Street co-star Helen Worth, who plays Gail McIntyre, paid tribute to "91 glorious years of our Betty Driver", who "just wanted the whole world to be happy". She added that the Rovers Return would never be the same.

The Funeral of Betty Driver

© @GranadaReports & @benschofield

The Funeral of Betty Driver

© @granadaReports & @benschofield



West End producer Bill Kenwright, who once played her character Betty Williams's on-screen son Gordon, said he was the "luckiest man in the world" to have worked with Driver and described her as a "big, big star, a juggernaut of love".

The hymns 'Lord Of The Dance' and 'Jerusalem' were sang by the congregation and Driver's wartime track 'The World Will Sing Again' was played into the church.

Listen to Betty Driver's song 'The World Will Sing Again' below:

> Coronation Street's Betty Driver 1920-2011: Obituary
> Betty Driver's 80-year showbiz career - Pictures
> Coronation Street stars pay tribute to Betty Driver

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