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Final farewell to Yorkshire actress Liz Dawn

The Leeds-born performer endeared herself to millions as Vera Duckworth in the long-running soap, died at home on last Monday. She was 77. Photo: PA

Stars of Coronation Street are due to join the family of Liz Dawn at her funeral in Salford Cathedral today.

The Leeds-born performer endeared herself to millions as Vera Duckworth in the long-running soap, died at home on last Monday. She was 77.

Dawn, who landed the role of Duckworth in 1974, spent 34 years on the show’s famous cobbled streets, finding fame as part of an on-screen couple alongside Jack, played by the late Bill Tarmey.

Liz with her soap husband Jack, played by the late Bill Tarmey at the races. Credit: ITV / Coronation Street

The actress was written out of the show in 2008 after being diagnosed with lung disease emphysema. Her final role was a 2015 appearance in Emmerdale.

Liz played Vera Duckworth for 34 years. Credit: ITV / Coronation Street

In a statement announcing her death, Dawn’s family called her the "love, light and inspiration in our lives."

The funeral, which is scheduled to start at 2pm, will be followed by a private family committal.

The funeral, which is scheduled to start at 2pm, will be followed by a private family committal. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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