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Soap bosses plan Kirkbride farewell

ITV soap Coronation Street is to bid a fond farewell to Anne Kirkbride.

The actress, who portrayed Deirdre Barlow for 42 years, died in January aged 60, and the show's executive producer Kieran Roberts said there will be a screen tribute to her later this year.

"She was a wonderful woman, and a wonderful actress. We all miss her terribly," he said.

"At the moment, we're respecting her memory. We're talking to her family and respecting the family's wishes, but what I can tell fans of the show is that we will be saying farewell to the character on screen later this year."

Roberts added: "The exact plans are not yet finalised but that will certainly happen. It's important that, in the real world, the family are able to say farewell to the woman. We absolutely support and respect all of that.

"Later in the year, we will make sure that Coronation Street is able to say a farewell to Deirdre."

Roberts spoke as Coronation Street: The Tour opened up more of the show's sets for the public to explore.

"The big thing for 2015 is we've been able to add the Kabin to the tour, which is fantastic," he said.

"It's such an iconic set - so many brilliant memories, so many wonderful characters. Great double acts Rita (Sullivan, played by Barbara Knox) and Norris (Cole, played by Malcolm Hebden), and Rita and Mavis (Wilton, portrayed by Thelma Barlow) have worked there, so it's a really brilliant addition."

Other sets to be included in the tour include Websters' Auto Centre and Prime Doner kebab sho p.

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