Corrie cast and fans celebrate Anne Kirkbride at cathedral service

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BELOVED Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride was remembered at a special, public service held at Manchester Cathedral this weekend.
The Corrie star, who played Deirdre Barlow, passed away in January after battling cancer.
The service was organised by her husband David Beckett and the soap’s producers, while her on-screen partner, Bill Roache, led the tributes from cast members.
There were moments of laughter during the poignant celebration, including at Beckett’s ‘mistaken’ playing of the EastEnders theme tune.
Actress Beverly Callard, Corrie’s Liz McDonald, said to the packed congregation of cast, crew and Anne’s family and fans:
“The one thing Annie never was was boring. She just had the biggest personality but she was a very, very genuine person. She had no insincerity whatsoever.
“In our business there are lots of luvvies and darlings but she just had none of that. What you saw was what you got and that was that. She just spoke from the heart the whole time.”
Later, she told the Manchester Evening News that filming had begun on scenes for the soap which would address Anne’s death, something she knew would be very difficult to get through.
Before her death, Anne spent much of her time at her home in Mojacar, Almeria, where local residents told Euro Weekly News at the time of her death that she’d been a quiet, much-respected, and now much-missed, member of the community.

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