Betty Driver refuses to leave Corrie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 July 2010
Betty Driver

Betty Driver

'Coronation Street' veteran Betty Driver has refused to leave the show - promising fans she will survive the soap's 50th anniversary horror tram crash

'Coronation Street' veteran Betty Driver has refused to leave the show.

The 90-year-old actress - who joined the Weatherfield drama as barmaid Betty Williams in 1969 - claims she won't be one of the characters to be killed in a tram disaster taking place later this year to mark the soap's 50th anniversary.

Betty claims she has been assured by 'Coronation Street' boss Phil Collinson that her job is safe - and she will stay beyond the birthday episodes later this year.

She said: "I'm not leaving. You'll have to shoot me to get rid of me."

The star has pledged instead to be pulling pints as the soap's legendary barmaid when she is 100.

She added to Manchester's Evening News: "I'm 90 and I am to be 100 and still working."

Betty's revelation comes after new producer Collinson revealed several of 'Coronation Street's most popular residents will be wiped out in a horrific tram crash to coincide with its half-century celebrations.

The spectacular stunt will mean many characters will be killed or seriously injured after the street's viaduct collapses, sending a tram crashing into the Weatherfield cobbles.

He said: "As we celebrate the show reaching such an incredible milestone it feels fitting that we will be screening an event of this magnitude which will affect the lives of all the residents of 'Coronation Street'."

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