Old faces to return to Coronation Street for Betty’s funeral?

Executive producer Kieran Roberts hints at the reappearance of familiar names

Coronation Street executive producer Kieran Roberts has hinted that past characters will return for the funeral of hot-pot supremo Betty Williams.


Betty Driver, who made her Weatherfield debut back in 1969, died in October 2011 at the age of 91. Driver’s character has not yet been written out on screen in the ITV1 soap.

Roberts has said that former characters from Betty’s 42-year tenure will return for her April send-off. He told the Manchester Evening News: “I think we’ve come up with a fitting exit for her. It’ll be shown in the spring.

“It’s important we get that right because she was so loved by the fans and by all of us who work on Coronation Street.

“But it will mainly be about her and saying goodbye to her with the right amount of respect and the right tone.”

It has been rumoured that Corrie alumnus including Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden), Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch), Roy ­Barraclough (Alec Gilroy), Sarah Lancashire (Raquel Watts) and Cheryl Murray (Suzie Birchall) may all reprise their roles in order pay their respects to Betty.

Goodyear, who worked alongside Driver for 25 years, has already said she wants to return for a one-off appearance.

Series producer Phil Collison recently revealed that viewers will find out a long-held secret by the Rovers barmaid. He told the Daily Star:

“We will be paying tribute to Betty, but behind the scenes will be the revelation of a secret she has kept hidden. I cannot tell you what it is, but it’s a secret that Betty has taken to the grave with her and I can promise you that fans will be surprised.

“There is no love child or anything like that. The secret has something to do with the show’s history but I am saying no more.”


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