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Soap stars turn out for Driver's funeral

The veteran Coronation Street star passed away earlier this month (Oct11) at the age of 91 and many of her former co-stars were among the mourners at her memorial service at the city's St Ann's Church.

William Roache, Sue Nicholls, Julie Goodyear, Michael Le Vell and Bill Tarmey were among the congregation, while Bill Kenwright, who played Driver's onscreen son, and Helen Worth, who plays Gail McIntyre in the soap, both spoke during the service.

Worth told the crowd, ""How do we say goodbye to her? In the way she wanted us to do with a smile, remembering her infectious laugh, her perfume which announced her arrival, her love of life and everyone in it and celebrate with joy the glorious 91 years of Betty Driver.""

The funeral was screened for fans outside the church, at Driver's request, and she also asked for the service to take place on a Saturday so her colleagues would not miss a day of filming.

A recording of Driver singing The World Will Sing Again was also played to the congregation and was met with a standing ovation.