It’s been revealed today that when Corrie’s legendary character Betty Williams is written out of the show, the episode will feature the events of her wake, which is of course to be held in the Rovers.
The character of Betty has of course been written out as Betty Driver – who played the long-serving Rovers’ barmaid – sadly died last October aged 91.
Inside Soap report that rather than feature a funeral for Betty, the special tribute episode will, as mentioned, focus on her wake, during which the Street’s residents will “toast her life” after attending her funeral.
Last week, the show’s producer, Phil Collinson, promised that “a big secret” that Betty took to the grave will be revealed.
It was also announced earlier this week that Bill Kenwright would reprise the role of Betty’s oft’ mentioned son Gordon for the special episode.
Of the tribute to Betty, Collinson said, “We will be paying tribute to Betty, but behind the scenes will be the revelation of a secret she has kept hidden.
“I cannot tell you what it is, but it’s a secret that Betty has taken to the grave with her and I can promise you that fans will be surprised.
“There is no love child or anything like that. The secret has something to do with the show’s history but I am saying no more.”
I suspect I’ll be shedding a tear during this episode. Betty bore an uncanny resemblance to my own mother, who died a number of years ago, so I always took – as odd as it may sound – a bit of comfort from seeing Betty on-screen and imagining that’s how my mum would look if she’d lived longer.
So for me, it’ll be box of tissues at the ready when we see that episode in a few weeks times. In the meantime, here’s a clip of Betty Driver in her youth…