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‘Coronation Street': Bev Unwin To Return For Deirdre Barlow's Funeral In Tribute To Anne Kirkbride

12/05/2015 12:40 BST | Updated 12/05/2015 12:59 BST

Coronation Street’ bosses have confirmed that another character is set to return for Deirdre Barlow’s funeral as the soap bids farewell to late actress Anne Kirkbride.

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Susie Blake is to reprise her role as Bev Unwin as part of the special series of episodes set to air in honour of Anne, who died after a battle with cancer in January.

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Susie Blake is returning to 'Coronation Street'

Digital Spy reports that fans can expect to see Bev back on screen in the summer as part of the storyline.

‘Corrie’ fans will know that off-screen Deirdre had been staying with Bev since she left the Street in October, unable to deal with the stresses of step-son Peter Barlow’s trial for the murder of Tina McIntyre.

Producers explained Deirdre’s extended absence by saying that she had decided to stay on with Bev to support her after the death of her brother.

Susie originally appeared as Rovers barmaid Bev between 2003 and 2006 and was remembered for her flings with toyboys Ciaran McCarthy and Charlie Stubbs.

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Anne Kirkbride passed away in January

Speaking about her friend Anne’s death earlier this year, Susie said: "Anne made everybody feel part of the family. She was the one who got everyone together, made them laugh, raised the temperature.

"She was absolutely key to keeping everybody's energy up on a long day.”

Chris Gascoyne, who played Peter Barlow, recently confirmed that he would be reprising his role to pay tribute to Anne.

Show bosses have also revealed details about Deirdre’s funeral, with a source telling The Sun that it would be the “equivalent to a state funeral in soap terms”.

Anne Kirkbride Through The Years

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