Since the sad news on Saturday that Corrie star Betty Driver has died, tributes to the acting legend have been pouring in from her colleagues and friends.
Bill Roache, who of course plays Ken Barlow, said of Betty’s passing, “Betty’s death was incredibly sad news — though not entirely unexpected.
“Betty was a loving, generous, caring person, where humour was never far away. She was an ‘Earth mother’, always happy and jolly…
“Though she never had any children of her own, it was as if we were all hers. She had so much love to give — and it was such a pure love, too.
“It made her perfect to be godmother to my son James, which she did brilliantly.
“She was the obvious — and only — choice. And as for a favourite memory, I’ll just remember her coming in each day, knocking on my door with a cheery ‘Hello’.
“If she were here now, she’d probably be a bit embarrassed by everyone talking about her like we are. She’d be having none of it.
“She was a real colossus of Coronation Street, and we will all miss her dearly.”
The Sun also reveals that ITV bosses are planning a programme which will honour Betty and her long acting career. It’s also expected that a special mention will be made about Betty’s death after tonight’s episode.
Corrie execs are also planning how to write Betty’s character, Betty Williams, out of the show.
An insider told the paper, “Our scriptwriters will ensure that Betty is written out in the best possible way.
“All the cast are keen to contribute to show their respect.”
Betty appeared in more than 2,800 episodes of Coronation Street and was of course famed for cooking hotpots. Betty was awarded an MBE in 1999.