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Stars attend 'northern farewell' for Corrie's Anne Kirkbride

A public memorial service has taken place at Manchester Cathedral to commemorate the life and work of Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride.

The actress became a household name playing Deirdre Barlow in the ITV soap for 42 years.

She died in January, aged 60, after a short illness.

Speaking after the service, Coronation Street director Terry Dyddgen-Jones said it was a ''fantastic, warm, human, northern farewell for Annie''.

  • 30 May 2015
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