Coronation Street pays tribute to Betty Driver

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Coronation Street will dedicate an episode to the late Betty Driver, the actress who played the role of Betty Williams from 1969 to 2011.

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West End theatre producer and chairman of Everton Football Club Bill Kenwright, who played Betty’s son Gordon in the ITV1 soap, will make a one-off return for the occasion.

Alison Sinclair, Coronation Street’s chief publicity officer, gave details of the tribute to BBC Radio 5 live’s Breakfast:

“Bill Kenwright is coming back. He is going to tell the residents that she’s passed away and there will be a funeral, although we won’t actually see it. This episode is about Betty, its not a return of a cast of thousands who worked with her.

“The interesting thing is that there’s going to be a secret revealed that Betty has kept for years and it’s going to be a shock to quite a few people.”

Betty Driver died last October at the age of 91 following a period of ill health, but Sinclair promised fans a send-off to remember:

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“She was an amazing lady to work with and Bill came to her funeral and was very keen to be a part of any story we did. And Betty would be thrilled because she always classed him as her son and he classed her as his second mum. It’s going to be a lovely, lovely episode.”