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It’s a sad day today because it’s ‘ta-ra’ to a Coronation Street legend. Vera Duckworth will be killed off tonight and I am so sad to see her go. I’ll miss the humour Vera and Jack brought to Coronation Street, but I’ll also miss the Duckworths as a double act. Any fan will tell you that Hilda Ogden wasn’t the same after Stan died; nobody to nag. Today, we’ll have the reverse scenario as Jack will be the survivor. ITV.com conducted a poll in honour of Corrie’s larger than life icon Vera Duckworth (Liz Dawn). The poll coincides with her emotional exit as Liz Dawn has decided to retire after 34 years.
Over 1,000 soap enthusiasts were asked to vote for their favourite ‘Vera moment’ – here are the results.
The runaway outstanding moment is the recent 50th wedding anniversary of Vera and Jack. The long suffering couple have faced many highs and lows but fans have enjoyed every second and were obviously pleased to see them reach this milestone in their onscreen relationship.
In second place with 14.3% is Jack joining a dating company but when Vera finds out she makes sure it’s the last time he thinks about that!
2. The "blind" date (14.3%): With the help of Bet, Vera dupes Jack into meeting her on a "blind" date in the Rovers
3. A card from the Queen (11.7%): Vera’s astounded when the Queen acknowledges their ‘relationship’
4. Vera’s stone cladding (9.5%): Vera defends her new brick work when Percy Sugden calls it a "monstrosity"
5. Vera vs Hilda (9.1%): Hilda accuses Vera of being a liar after she wins a holiday playing bingo
6. Buying the Rovers (8.8%): Jack and Vera look on proudly as the Duckworth name is put above the door
7. Terry sells Tommy (7.8%): A distraught Vera bursts into tears when she learns Terry has sold Tommy to his in-laws
8. Vera in hospital (7.3%): Jack is by Vera’s side when she wakes from an operation to remove a kidney for Paul
9. Norris dancing (5.5%): Vera and Norris try a spot of Latin American dancing and end up winning a competition
10. Vera’s sex appeal (4.8%): After learning of Jack’s philandering ways, Vera tells Ivy and Shirley she’s quite a catch
Vera’s departure from the Street tonight will bring the end to one of the longest serving actors in Coronation Street’s history. She’s been brilliant over the years and has definitely earned the right to be called one of The Street’s legends.
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