Corrie cast join Roache in tribute to ‘perfect wife’

CORONATION Street legend Bill Roache yesterday fought back tears as he paid tribute to his “perfect wife” during her memorial service.

The 76-year-old soap veteran was supported by a string of fellow Corrie actors and stars from the worlds of sport, politics and show business during the hour-long service in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

His wife, Sara, 58, died unexpectedly at their home 10 days ago and was laid to rest yesterday during a private funeral service and cremation.

A cause of death has not yet been released.

Yesterday more than 250 well-wishers gathered at St Bartholomew’s Church to pay their respects to Sara Roache. The Corrie star, who has played Ken Barlow for nearly 50 years, broke down and his voice cracked as he gave his eulogy, saying: “I’ll get through it, “I’ll get through it.”

He recalled meeting the “beautiful, vibrant girl” 35 years ago, saying she became a perfect wife and mother to their children.

He said he was sure she had gone to a “wonderful home” to join their daughter Edwina who died in 1984, aged just 18 months, from a chest infection.

Roache said he and his wife enjoyed a “non-stop” 35-year conversation and praised her spirit.

“Do I have anything to live for now?” he asked.

“Oh yes. I have Verity and Will, two of the most wonderful children anyone could wish for, whom I love dearly.

“I have a great job, filled with the kindest, most affectionate and loving people.”

Dozens of Coronation Street cast members attended including Samia Smith, who plays Maria Connor, Ann Kirkbride who plays Deirdre Barlow, and Chris Gascoigne, who plays Ken’s on-screen son, Peter Barlow.

The ITV soap has been beset by tragedy in recent weeks with Sara Roache’s death and the death of actress Kym Marsh’s son, Archie Jay Lomas.

He died moments after being born 18 weeks premature.

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