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Coronation Street bosses have planned poignant on-screen funeral farewell for much-loved Deirdre Barlow

Bill Roache and Anne Kirkbride as Ken and Deirdre Barlow
Bill Roache and Anne Kirkbride as Ken and Deirdre Barlow
Ken and Deirdre's second wedding in 2005.
LOVE TRIANGLE: 'Coronation Street' actors William Roache (left), who played Ken Barlow and Johnny Briggs who played Mike Baldwin with Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow
Anne Kirkbride played Deirdre Barlow for 42 years.
Michael Howard (second right) meeting Coronation Street actors Anne Kirkbride (second left) and William Roache, as she has died after a short illness. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/07/11 of Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride as she unveiled the new wax figure of her on screen character Deirdre Barlow at Madame Tussauds in Blackpool, as she has died after a short illness, her husband David Beckett said tonight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 19, 2015. See PA story DEATH Kirkbride. Photo credit should read: Pete Byrne/PA Wire

Coronation Street's Deirdre Barlow will be laid to rest in a soap funeral months after the death of actress Anne Kirkbride, who played the part for more than 40 years.

The star died in January having been away from the soap since September.  She had taken a break from Weatherfield following her diagnosis of cancer.

Show bosses have decided on a storyline that will see her character die and be mourned by the cast at what one insider described to The Sun as "the equivalent to a state funeral in soap terms".

Many cast members were unaware that Anne was ill during her sabbatical from the soap.

The Sun reports that Anne's husband David Beckett was consulted about the plans and is said to be "very happy" with how they will run.

It has also been suggested that some old favourites from Coronation Street's past may turn up to say their goodbyes.

The 60-year-old actress was one of the soap's best-know performers and was loved by millions for her portrayal of husky-voiced Deirdre, famed for many years for her oversized spectacles.

Kirkbride, who was just 18 when she joined the soap, appeared in many colourful storylines, including one of her most memorable soap moments when Deirdre was jailed after being duped into a mortgage fraud by fiance Jon Lindsay.

We won't see the like of Corrie's Deirdre Barlow again 

The storyline even led then prime minister Tony Blair to give his support to the Free The Weatherfield One movement to get her released.

The actress previously took a break from the soap after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1993.

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