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'Coronation Street': Bill Kenwright to return for Betty's funeral

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Bill Kenwright will reprise his Coronation Street role as Gordon Clegg for Betty Williams's funeral, it has emerged.

Betty's son Gordon will return to screens in April, joining Weatherfield's residents as they gather to pay their last respects to his mother.

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This Morning's soaps correspondent Sharon Marshall revealed the news on today's edition of the ITV1 magazine show.

Marshall explained: "We've got a little announcement to make about Betty and the funeral plans. Betty's funeral will be screened in April.

"There's been so many rumours in the press, but there's only one person who they've actually asked to come back - and that's Bill Kenwright, who played her on-screen son."

Kenwright, who is now chairman of Everton Football Club, first appeared on Coronation Street in 1968 and went on to have a number of stints on the Weatherfield show.

He was last seen as Gordon in 1995, but actor Geoffrey Leesley has since played the role in 2002 and 2004.

Betty Driver, who portrayed Betty for 42 years, passed away in October at the age of 91 following a period of ill health.

Coronation Street bosses have promised that Betty's exit storyline will also see the revelation of a secret that the Rovers barmaid kept for many years.

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