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I suppose everyone knows by now that Liz Dawn, who plays Corrie legend Vera Duckworth, is leaving The Street. Here’s the story:
Coronation Street legend Liz Dawn has filmed her final scenes in the soap. And judging by the reaction of her co-stars, it seems that the actress who played Vera Duckworth will be sorely missed.
When Liz finished filming, she was presented with flowers and gifts from dozens of cast members, all of whom gathered to wish her a fond farewell. Sally Whittaker and Michael Le Vell, better known as Sally and Kevin Webster, were clearly moved by her departure after 33 years on the Street.
Michael said: "Liz has been like my surrogate mother, so it’s a big blow for me. I’ve known her for nearly 25 years and she has been such a wonderful person to know. I’m going to miss her so much I can’t even tell you." Liz, who has played Corrie icon Vera since 1974, announced her departure from the soap at the end of October. According to reports, the character will meet her end in a dramatic storyline, which will be shown early next year.
Such a shame that Liz Dawn is leaving after 33 years! Blimey that’s a long time. Think about it for a minute…when she joined Corrie, George Lucas was still hard at work on the first Star Wars movie; John Travolta and Olivia Newton John were yet to star in the classic movie Grease and The Iron Lady Maggie Thatcher was yet to become Britain’s first female Prime Minister.
A lot has happened since Liz Dawn first graced our screens as the formidible Vera Duckworth. She will be sorely missed and will definitely go down in soap history as one of the legendary characters of the Street alongside Hilda and Stan Ogden, Ena Sharples, Bet Lynch, Mike Baldwin, Violet, ‘Cluuurrrr’ and Ashley…Ha,ha,ha,ha! Sorry – that’s obviously wishful thinking on their part. I’ll barely remember Violet this time next year.
I’m getting a bit carried away now. According to the above story, Vera Duckworth will meet her end in a dramatic storyline. But what does that mean? I hope the Corrie scriptwriters don’t go borrowing any silly ideas from the disgruntled producers of EastEnders. If you saw my previous entry, you’ll know what I think about what they’re planning to do to poor old Kevin Wicks. Let’s just hope Vera Duckworth gets the send off that 33 years of loyal service deserves.
In connection with the newsflash last week we can now report that this was a case of mistaken identity. Our hero Gus is safe and well. However, he still hasn’t been seen on EastEnders for a while. We’ll keep you informed as soon there are any further developments on this story…
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