Coronation Street's dramatic Betty Driver farewell

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 March 2012
Betty Driver

Betty Williams

'Coronation Street's "farewell" to Betty Driver will have a "touch of drama" when Bill Kenwright, who played her son Gordon in the late 1960s, makes a return for a special episode

'Coronation Street's "farewell" to Betty Driver will have a "touch of drama".

The ITV soap will mark the actress' passing last year with the return of Bill Kenwright - who played her son Gordon in the late 1960s and 70s - in a special episode, and although the funeral of her character Betty Williams will not be shown, there will be a shocking revelation as part of the storyline.

A source told Inside Soap magazine: "Although it was under sad circumstances, Barbara Knox (Rita) and Eileen Derbyshire (Emily) were delighted to have Bill there.

"Betty's farewell will be very touching - but there's also a touch of drama, with a secret revelation that will stun those who know her best."

The scenes have already been filmed and will be aired in April.

Betty - who first appeared on the soap as police officer's wife Betty Turpin in 1969 - died at the age of 91 in October 2011 after failing to recover from a bout of pneumonia she suffered from six months earlier.

Bill has previously starred in The Liver Birds, The Villains and he is now the chairman of Everton Football Club.

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