Ken Barlow to read emotional tribute poem

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Bill Roache

Bill Roache who plays Ken Barlow

Coronation Street's Ken Barlow will read a specially-written poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at a memorial service for those who died in the recent tram crash.

Coronation Street's Ken Barlow will read a specially-written poem at a memorial service for those who died in the recent tram crash.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has composed some stirring words for the soap, and they will be read out by the street legend (Bill Roache) at a candle-lit service to pay tribute to those who lost their lives.

Carol Ann - who is good friends with 'Coronation Street' creator Tony Warren - told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "If there was anyone deciding what poem was to be read at a community event it would be Ken.

"I went along to the filming with my daughter and it was magical.

"There we were stood in the fake snow and it felt like a real street, like a Charles Dickens novel come to life. It was magical, an electrifying experience.

"I was so proud to be asked and so proud to know my poem would be on the show. If there is one thing this country should do, it is to knight Tony Warren for creating 'Coronation Street'."

Ken - whose son Peter Barlow almost lost his life in the accident - is asked to read the poem by good friend Emily Bishop and Peter.

Ashley Peacock and Molly Dobbs were among those who lost their lives in the crash.

The emotional scenes will be shown on the ITV1 show tonight (24.12.10).

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