‘Coronation Street’ fans said an emotional goodbye to one of the soap’s most iconic characters on Monday night, with Deirdre Barlow’s funeral provoking a mass reaction on Twitter.
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The funeral was heart-wrenching for fans for a number of reasons, as her husband, Ken Barlow, delivered a touching tribute to his beloved wife, but also flew off the handle at his step-daughter, Tracy, right in the middle of the service.
Emotional scenes in Monday night's 'Corrie'
In particular, fans singled out Bill Roache’s acting, both during his speech and afterwards, as he paid a private goodbye at Deirdre’s graveside, as the most tear-jerking aspects of the double episode.
Other fans simply shared their thoughts on the loss of Deirdre, admitting the episode made them realise how much they were going to miss the legendary soap character.
Beverley Callard - who plays Deirdre's best friend in the soap, and was a close friend of the late Anne Kirkbride - also posted an emotional message on her own Twitter page, thanking ‘Corrie’ fans for their support.
In the run-up to the episode, Bill Roache confessed that he didn’t have to reach far to get inspiration for the acting side of things, claiming he was going through a similar sort of bereavement to his soap character.
He previously told ‘Good Morning Britain’: “It’s very, very strange because we’re actually filming the funeral of Deirdre and I had a scene as Ken where I’m given Deirdre's glasses, but of course Annie wore them for 30 years, so you certainly don’t need any motivation for the acting. We’re always on the verge [of tears].”