Coronation Street producer vows to give Betty magnificent send-off

Following the news that Betty Driver had died on Saturday morning, Coronation Street producer Phil Collinson has been working with script writers to devise a fitting send-off for her character, Betty Williams.

Betty was loved both on an off the cobbles and was one of the most popular barmaids to have ever pulled a pint at the Rovers Return, throughout her incredible 42 year stint on the show.

Collinson spoke of his sadness at the loss of the 91 year old actress on This Morning and revealed his plans to pay tribute to the star.

He said: "I've only just got together this morning with some of the script department, and then we'll talk to the writers next week. But we'll do something brilliant and magnificent. We'll give her a brilliant send-off. She deserves it."

Like the numerous Corrie cast members who took to Twitter to express their sadness at the loss, Collinson fondly described Betty as “a wonderful, joyful, brilliant lady.”

On Sunday, another of the Street’s infamous barmaids, Julie Goodyear, who played Bet Lynch, paid tribute to Betty saying: “It was an honour and a privilege to work with Betty Driver for 25 years.

“We laughed together, we cried together and never once had a cross word. She was a totally professional actress. A true icon and legend and a very dear friend.”

Coronation Street’s longest running star, Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, added: “I loved Betty dearly, she was not only a colleague, she was a friend and godmother to my son James. She will be missed in the Street but she will be missed more so as a warm and loving person.”

A repeat of the documentary The Betty Driver Story will air tonight at 8pm on STV.


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