Coronation Street: Deirdre Barlow's family to be told she died of brain aneurysm at a surprise party
* Soap bosses have finalised the sad departure of Deirdre Barlow
* It comes four months after actor Anne Kirkbride died from cancer
* Bosses have discussed with plans with Anne's husband David who has given his approval
Published 14/05/2015 | 11:47
Coronation Street is set to air emotional scenes as it bids a sad farewell to Street stalwart Deirdre Barlow.
The scenes come some four months after Anne Kirbride (61), who played Deirdre for 42 years, passed away from cancer in January.
The scenes will see Deirdre's family excitedly plan a surprise party as they prepare for her return to the cobbles. Viewers last saw Deirdre in October as she struggled to cope with the pressure surrounding the trial of her stepson Peter Barlow for the murder of Tina McIntyre. Famously, her last act was to throw her trifle against her living room wall as her daughter Tracy bickered with sister-in-law Carla Connor.Read more here: Anne Kirkbride nominated for British Soap Award, four months after her death
Viewers will see Deirdre's friend Bev Unwin, with whom Deirdre was staying, break the news that she has suffered a suspected brain aneurysm and has died.
Bev will tell Deirdre's distraught husband Ken and daughter Tracey that she slipped away peacefully in her garden after she had packed her bags to return to Weatherfield.
As Deirdre's shocked family struggled to take in the news, Bev will give Ken his wife's wedding ring in a final moving gesture.
A show insider told 'The Sun': "Ken will be seen writing a card address to 'My Darling Wife' before everyone gathers at the Rovers, ready to welcome Deirdre home.
"But just before, Bev turns up and reveals Deirdre has died.
"Tracy just breaks down and howls as Steve comforts her, and Ken sits there in stunned silence."
Soap bosses have been discussing Deirdre's departure for some time following Anne's tragic death.
Before they filmed the scenes, they consulted with Anne's husband David who gave his approval to the scenes.
ITV would not give any official comment on the soap's storylines.
Meanwhile Bev Callard, who plays Liz McDonald and was a close friend of Anne away from the cobbles, will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to David in honour of his late wife at the British Soap Awards.
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