Beverley Callard: Anne's funeral was beautiful

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 January 2015
Beverley Callard

Beverley Callard

Beverley Callard says Anne Kirkbride's funeral was "beautiful", while she has been praised for her touching speech at the service

Beverley Callard says Anne Kirkbride's funeral was "beautiful".

The 'Coronation Street' star was among the mourners at her friend and co-star's funeral on Tuesday (27.01.15) and thinks the actress - who died of cancer aged 60 last week - would have been "proud" of the small private service arranged by her husband David Beckett.

She Tweeted: "My friend Annie had a beautiful send off today! Dave did her proud!!! No show biz, no hypocrisy! A truly beautiful, loving Goodbye!! X (sic)"

Beverley made a speech at the funeral and was praised for her "warm and touching" words.

One Twitter user wrote: "Your words were wonderful and such a comfort thank you so much.

"As you say it was a 'beautiful send off.' X.(sic)"

Another, Terry Stapleton, said: "It was very lovely indeed.

"Your speech was so warm & touching. Annie would've loved it! X (sic)"

And 'Coronation Street' make-up artist Alexandra Saffer said the speech was "perfect", adding: "You did so well."

Anne had reportedly left instructions about which cast members she wanted at the service - with her on-screen family William Roache, Kate Ford and Chris Gascoyne believed to have been among the mourners - and those who were unable to attend the small funeral are hoping to celebrate her life with a memorial service at a later date.

Anne was known for her role as Deirdre Barlow in the ITV soap, a character she played for over 40 years.

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