Thursday 25 May 2017

Corrie stars pay last tribute to Anne Kirkbride at Manchester memorial service

The Order of Service on a sign outside Manchester Cathedral ahead of the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride
The Order of Service on a sign outside Manchester Cathedral ahead of the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride
The Order of Service on a sign outside Manchester Cathedral ahead of the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride.
Sue Johnston (centre) and Michelle Collins arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Sue Johnston (left) and Michelle Collins arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Helen Worth and husband Trevor Dawson arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Granada handout photos of Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride, who played the role of Deirdre Barlow for more than 40 years
Les Dennis (left) and Kym Marsh (right) arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 30, 2015. Kirkbride, 60, was one of the show's best-known performers and was loved by millions for her portrayal of husky-voiced Deirdre, famed for many years for her oversized spectacles, for over 40 years. She died in January after a battle with cancer. See PA story MEMORIAL Kirkbride. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Sue Nicholls arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
William Roache arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Malcolm Hebden arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Michael Le Vell and Louise Gibbons arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
William Roache arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Anne Kirkbride's actor husband Dave Beckett arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star at Manchester Cathedral.
Anne Kirkbride's actor husband Dave Beckett arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star at Manchester Cathedral.
William Roache arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Beverley Callard arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Julie Hesmondhalgh arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Julie Hesmondhalgh arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Sally Dynevor arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 30, 2015. Kirkbride, 60, was one of the show's best-known performers and was loved by millions for her portrayal of husky-voiced Deirdre, famed for many years for her oversized spectacles, for over 40 years. She died in January after a battle with cancer. See PA story MEMORIAL Kirkbride. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Sally Dynevor arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Brooke Vincent and Les Dennis (back) arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Beverley Callard and Tony Warren arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Actors and partners including Jimmi Harkishin (left), Les Dennis (back), Brooke Vincent and Kym Marsh (right) arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
A member of the congregation arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

The cast of Coronation Street gathered together this morning to celebrate the life of their colleague Anne Kirkbride in a Manchester memorial service held in her honour.

Members of the long-running soap attended the ceremony in Manchester Cathedral today, to honour the actress who played Street favourite Deirdre Barlow for more than 40 years.

Anne’s co-star and onscreen husband William Roache will be among those giving readings at the service, as well as Beverly Callard, Elle Mulvaney and Coronation Street’s executive producer Kieran Roberts.

Photos of Anne’s years throughout the soap will be displayed to the congregation throughout the service and tributes will be paid to the woman who was such an intricate part of the Coronation Street’s most exciting plots.

The actress’ husband Dave Beckett gathered with Anne’s colleagues to organise the special ceremony and helped them choose music representative of her life.

An exhibition of Anne’s artwork will also be on view.

Sue Johnston (centre) and Michelle Collins arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Sue Johnston (centre) and Michelle Collins arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Granada handout photos of Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride, who played the role of Deirdre Barlow for more than 40 years seen in (left - right) 1974, 1990 and 1998 as a public memorial service will be held for the actress at Manchester Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 30, 2015. Kirkbride, 60, was one of the show's best-known performers and was loved by millions for her portrayal of husky-voiced Deirdre, famed for many years for her oversized spectacles. She died in January after a battle with cancer. The Cathedral's Sub Dean, Philip Barratt, will conduct the service with hymns performed by Manchester Cathedral choir. There will also be readings and tributes by members of the cast including William Roache (Ken Barlow), Beverley Callard (Liz McDonald), Elle Mulvaney (Amy Barlow) and executive producer Kieran Roberts. Kirkbride's actor husband Dave Beckett has helped the Coronation Street production team produce the service and has been involved in every aspect of the celebration including the choice of music and readings. See PA story MEMORIAL Kirkbride. Photo credit should read: Granada/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The Order of Service on a sign outside Manchester Cathedral ahead of the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride
The Order of Service on a sign outside Manchester Cathedral ahead of the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride.
Sue Johnston (left) and Michelle Collins arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Helen Worth and husband Trevor Dawson arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Les Dennis (left) and Kym Marsh (right) arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 30, 2015. Kirkbride, 60, was one of the show's best-known performers and was loved by millions for her portrayal of husky-voiced Deirdre, famed for many years for her oversized spectacles, for over 40 years. She died in January after a battle with cancer. See PA story MEMORIAL Kirkbride. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Sue Nicholls arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
William Roache arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Malcolm Hebden arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Michael Le Vell and Louise Gibbons arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
William Roache arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Anne Kirkbride's actor husband Dave Beckett arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star at Manchester Cathedral.
Anne Kirkbride's actor husband Dave Beckett arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star at Manchester Cathedral.
William Roache arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Beverley Callard arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Julie Hesmondhalgh arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Julie Hesmondhalgh arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Sally Dynevor arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 30, 2015. Kirkbride, 60, was one of the show's best-known performers and was loved by millions for her portrayal of husky-voiced Deirdre, famed for many years for her oversized spectacles, for over 40 years. She died in January after a battle with cancer. See PA story MEMORIAL Kirkbride. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Sally Dynevor arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Brooke Vincent and Les Dennis (back) arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Beverley Callard and Tony Warren arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Actors and partners including Jimmi Harkishin (left), Les Dennis (back), Brooke Vincent and Kym Marsh (right) arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
A member of the congregation arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.

The actress passed away in January after a long battle with cancer.

William Roache arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
William Roache arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Granada handout photos of Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride, who played the role of Deirdre Barlow for more than 40 years seen in (left - right) 1974, 1990 and 1998 as a public memorial service will be held for the actress at Manchester Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 30, 2015. Kirkbride, 60, was one of the show's best-known performers and was loved by millions for her portrayal of husky-voiced Deirdre, famed for many years for her oversized spectacles. She died in January after a battle with cancer. The Cathedral's Sub Dean, Philip Barratt, will conduct the service with hymns performed by Manchester Cathedral choir. There will also be readings and tributes by members of the cast including William Roache (Ken Barlow), Beverley Callard (Liz McDonald), Elle Mulvaney (Amy Barlow) and executive producer Kieran Roberts. Kirkbride's actor husband Dave Beckett has helped the Coronation Street production team produce the service and has been involved in every aspect of the celebration including the choice of music and readings. See PA story MEMORIAL Kirkbride. Photo credit should read: Granada/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The Order of Service on a sign outside Manchester Cathedral ahead of the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride
The Order of Service on a sign outside Manchester Cathedral ahead of the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride.
Sue Johnston (centre) and Michelle Collins arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Sue Johnston (left) and Michelle Collins arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Helen Worth and husband Trevor Dawson arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Les Dennis (left) and Kym Marsh (right) arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 30, 2015. Kirkbride, 60, was one of the show's best-known performers and was loved by millions for her portrayal of husky-voiced Deirdre, famed for many years for her oversized spectacles, for over 40 years. She died in January after a battle with cancer. See PA story MEMORIAL Kirkbride. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Sue Nicholls arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Malcolm Hebden arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Michael Le Vell and Louise Gibbons arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
William Roache arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Anne Kirkbride's actor husband Dave Beckett arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star at Manchester Cathedral.
Anne Kirkbride's actor husband Dave Beckett arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star at Manchester Cathedral.
William Roache arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Beverley Callard arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Julie Hesmondhalgh arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Julie Hesmondhalgh arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Sally Dynevor arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 30, 2015. Kirkbride, 60, was one of the show's best-known performers and was loved by millions for her portrayal of husky-voiced Deirdre, famed for many years for her oversized spectacles, for over 40 years. She died in January after a battle with cancer. See PA story MEMORIAL Kirkbride. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Sally Dynevor arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Brooke Vincent and Les Dennis (back) arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Beverley Callard and Tony Warren arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Actors and partners including Jimmi Harkishin (left), Les Dennis (back), Brooke Vincent and Kym Marsh (right) arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
A member of the congregation arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.

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