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Norris Cole is taking a break from Coronation Street

Coronation Street star Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris Cole, is taking a break from the show.

The 78-year-old first appeared in the soap as the much-loved character in 1994.

Before being cast as Norris, who works in The Kabin, he played another Weatherfield character, Carlos, in 1974.

An ITV source as saying that the Chester-born actor, known for his busybody alter-ego, is currently away from the soap and "bosses do not know when he will be back".

Talking about his classic character, Hebden previously said:

I quite enjoy making people laugh. And children seem to like Norris. Perhaps he reminds them of their grandad.

– Malcolm Hebden

Sign language choir to star in Corrie

A sign language choir are set to star in Coronation Street.

Later this month Warrington BSL Signing Choir will appear on screens in a Christmas episode of the soap.

Paul Crone visited them on the cobbled streets.

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Funeral of Coronation Street's Liz Dawn to take place at Salford Cathedral

Liz Dawn Credit: PA images

The funeral of Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn will take place at 2pm on Friday October 6 at Salford Cathedral, her family have said.

The service will be conducted by Father Brendan Curley, the former dean of Salford Cathedral and a friend of Dawn and her family, alongside the cathedral's current dean, Father Michael Jones.

Following the funeral, the family will have a private family committal.

Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in the ITV soap for more than 30 years, died on Monday aged 77, her family said in a statement.

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