Stars Of Coronation Street In Mourning

Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap.

Filming of Coronation Street was halted for the first time in a decade yesterday so that staff could attend the memorial service of Sara Roache, wife of Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow. Around 200 mourners flocked to the 13th century St Bartholomew’s Church in Wilmslow to pay their respects to the 58-year-old actress. 

Coronation Street veteran Bill, in a tearful tribute to his wife, said: "When I first met Sara, 35 years ago, she was a young, beautiful, vibrant girl and only a few days ago she was still young, beautiful and vibrant – the perfect wife in every way." Apparently, Bill Roache – who joined the Corrie cast nearly 50 years ago, making him the longest serving soap actor – has been told to take off as much time as he needs.

It’s a sad time, what with this and the news that Kym Marsh’s son (with Hollyoaks’ Jamie Lomas )had died after being born 18 weeks premature. Kym, 32, who plays barmaid Michelle Connor, gave birth to Archie Jay Lomas last week, but sadly he died moments later. The former Hear’Say singer had been working on the programme during her pregnancy and was due to take maternity leave in the summer.

Bosses decided to alter some scenes to give grieving stars enough time off. The last time that filming was cancelled was in 1999 when Corrie stalwart Bryan Mosley, who played shopkeeper Alf Roberts, died.

If you’d like to leave any messages of support to the stars that are now in mourning, please feel free to do so by adding a comment.

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43 Responses to Stars Of Coronation Street In Mourning

  1. Carol says:

    Bill and Kym, Nothing I can say will make any of this better for you, so love and hugs to both of you at this dreadfully sad time.Carol x x

  2. Ann says:

    My heart felt sympathys to both Bill and Kym, may time be a healer.God bless.x

  3. frances says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family on this sad occassion, may time bring you peace and and blessings.

  4. janet says:

    thinking of you at this sad time,time is a great healer xx

  5. donald says:

    My heart goes out to both Bill & Kym at this very sad time. Time is a great healer and Kym just remember you can most probably have another child. May God be with you both.

  6. JasonSheryl says:

    In time the pain will ease, our thoughts and prayers are with Bill and Kym at the sad time. x

  7. donna says:

    To Bill, Kym and Jamie, our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. TAKE CARE X

  8. june says:

    knowing what you are going through at this sad time take time to heal.may the angeles look over your love ones .to bill,kim and jamie.xxxx

  9. ivy may says:

    god bless sara and i am sure that your beautiful wife will be in your heart and mind always. god bless. ivy brown xxxxx

  10. BARBARA says:

    Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. No one can ever take your memories away. Sara will always live on love Barbara Brissendenxxxx

  11. trudi says:

    Thinking of you. Trudi x

  12. seana says:

    Kym & Jamie, Im so sorry to hear about your baby. God saw your beautiful angel and wanted him for himself, know matter what your son will always be thurght of. Your son\’s memories will always be with you. Everyones thinking about use and I hope use are ok. xxxBill, Im so sorry to hear about your wife and i hope you ok. xxxSeana xx

  13. liz says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your wife, my thoughts are with you and your family at this sad timLiz

  14. patricia says:

    sorry to hear about your wife,my thoughts are with you and your family.

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  17. Wendy says:

    r i p wendy

  18. joanne says:

    kym and jamie i\’m so sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers xxxx

  19. HAZEL says:

    So sorry to hear of your sad loss of your wife please accept my condolences

  20. Tracey says:

    So Sorry to both Bill and Kym on thier sad loss.Thoughts are with you both.Love Tracey and Family xx

  21. mandy says:

    Can only imagine the pain you must be going through at this sad time, honestly thinking of you both. love from Mandy and family. xx

  22. ashley ann says:

    thinking of you on this sad time bill and kym thoughts are with you bith always love from ashley and family xxx

  23. Lee says:

    LEE. we all think it will never happen to us, and that is when we all find out we are all the same no matter what are jobs are or where we stand in this life, so that is why we all know what you are going through and send are love and most of all are strenght.

  24. sarah says:

    am so sorry to hear about your 18 week old baby boy kym i am thinking of you at this sad time take care with every thing your a great actress keep it up you were even a good singer when you were in hear say. i will always was be thinking of you at this sad time.

  25. hi says:

    i am sorry o here about your baby may god and the little angels look after your baby sweet heart

  26. hi says:

    thoughts r with u bill u r such a good actor and man hope your wife rest in peace

  27. linda says:

    so sorry for you both hopefully your corrie family will help you at this sad time

  28. Unknown says:

    to bill, sorry to hear about the loss of your dear wife our thoughts will always be with you xx

  29. gill says:

    Bill I had the good fortune to meet you and your family when you were holidaying in Abersoch in 1989. I am so sorry to hear she has passed away. My thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family.

  30. Cheryl says:

    My thoughts are with both Bill, Kym and your families, so sorry to hear of your losses x

  31. Elizabeth says:

    Sorry about the death of your baby, Kym. My thoughts are with you. And my sympathies are also with you Bill. Whilst watching yourself and your wife on Mr&Mrs you could see that the two of you were deeply in love.

  32. gwendoline says:

    Sorry to here about your loss michelle and bill my thoughts are with you.

  33. julie says:

    sorry to ere about the loss michelle it is not a nice thing for any parent to go through this is a really sadtime for u and your family and bill this is the most awful thing that any one can go through losing a wife mother and grandmother THNKING ABOUT U ALL MICHELLE AND FAMILY AND BILL AND FAMILY ITS IS A GREAT LOSS

  34. patricia says:

    bill and kym, sorry to hear of your losses, my thoughts are with you both.x

  35. ann says:

    My best wishes go out to both of the Corrie stars and my deepest sympathy to Mr Roache over the tragic unsuspecting tragedy that has hit him and his family and my sympathy also to Ms Marsh over the very sad loss of her baby. There are no words to be said that will bring or give comfort and certainly \’no cliches\’. I am sure you both realise by now though that there are a lot of people whose thoughts you are in. May the forthcoming year get better for you and your families. Ann Wright. Old Woking, Surrey

  36. debra says:

    so sorry to hear about your sad news of losing your wife so quick. my sympahty goes out to all the families of both mr roache and ms marsh sorry once again for your losses.

  37. Unknown says:

    Noreen Donely.To bill and kym and their families,sorry to hear of your losses.Thinking of you all at this sad time Noreen Donely from Blackpool.

  38. Kathy says:

    to bill and kym i\’m so sorry for both your words can make either of you feel any better in your time of grief..but it is true that time is a great healer all the best to both of yu for the future..kathy from leeds

  39. Ruby says:

    I have been where both of you have been. My thoughts are with you.

  40. sharon says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your losses. I will be praying for you all at this time.Sharon

  41. pete says:

    So So sorry ken, god be with you in your times of need.

  42. kerry says:

    its soo sad

  43. mary. says:

    with the greatest love and respect,my prayers are with you..heaven is the richer, with two beautiful new angels..maryanne

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