Beverley Callard: Anne's funeral was beautiful

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

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Beverley Callard

Beverley Callard

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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