Memorial service for Anne Kirkbride to be held in May

A memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride will be held at Manchester Cathedral on Saturday May 30.

The star, who played Deirdre Barlow in the ITV soap for 42 years, died in January aged 60.

An ITV spokeswoman said: “Cast and crew will celebrate Anne’s life alongside her family and members of the public who would like to pay their respects to the actress who brought so much joy into everyone’s lives as Deirdre Barlow.”

Memorial service for Anne Kirkbride to be held in May

The service, which will be attended by her on-screen husband William Roache and other colleagues, will take place at 11.30am.

At the time of her death, Anne had been away from the screen for four months after taking a break from Weatherfield following her diagnosis with cancer.

She was one of the soap’s best-know performers and was loved by millions for her portrayal of husky-voiced Deirdre, famed for many years for her oversized spectacles.

Memorial service for Anne Kirkbride to be held in May

Anne appeared in many colourful storylines over the years, including one of her most memorable soap moments when Deirdre was jailed after being duped into a mortgage fraud by fiance Jon Lindsay.

The storyline even led then prime minister Tony Blair to give his support to the Free The Weatherfield One movement to get her released.

The actress previously took a break from the soap after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1993.

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