Coronation Street plan special Betty tribute
- Bang Showbiz
- 28 February 2012
Scenes to say goodbye to 'Coronation Street' legend Betty Williams will not be "morbid or sad"
Betty Driver will not get a "morbid or sad" 'Coronation Street' send-off.
Show bosses are currently working on a tribute to the actress - who played Betty Williams for 42 years before dying in October aged 91 - and promise it will be an "emotional" exit for the much-loved character, but they are considering not even screening a funeral.
A source said: "We don't expect it to be a morbid or sad scenario for one minute - there is talk of there not even being filming done on location for the actual funeral itself.
"It would be done in a very clever way with viewers believing that people would be off to the funeral - but the real tear-jerking scenes kick in back at the Rovers when people start to come through the doors after saying their goodbyes.
"Phil Collinson said he wanted to do something special to remember both Betty in real life and Betty the actress and we suspect he has come up with a fantastic way to do so...hankies at the ready it is being said."
The scenes - which will be shown in April - will recall sad and funny memories of Betty and will feature a return from Everton FC chairman Bill Kenwright, who played Betty's son Gordon Clegg in 1968.
The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It will be a memorable finale and a lovely goodbye to a woman who was loved by just about everyone."