Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride will be remembered at a public memorial service at Manchester Cathedral tomorrow.

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The actress, who played Deirdre Barlow in the itv soap for 42 years, died in January aged 60 .

The service will take start at 11.30am with dozens of her soap co-stars past and present among the congregation.

Fans who want to attend the service are advised to arrive in plenty of time, as seats are limited and there will be no screens transmitting it outside.

Anne’s on-screen husband William Roache, who will read a poem at the service, said the memorial would be full of laughter as well as tears, just as she would have wanted.

Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain today, the 83-year-old said: “There was always a laugh waiting from Annie, whatever we were doing. The more serious it was, the more likely there was going to be a laugh and tomorrow at her memorial service there’ll be laughter.

“That’s what she wants, she was a fun-loving person, she grabbed life, she loved life.”

The service will also include a heartfelt tribute from colleague and close friend Beverley Callard and a reading from executive producer Kieran Roberts, together with members of the Coronation Street production team.

Anne’s husband Dave Beckett has helped the Coronation Street production team produce the service and has been involved in every aspect of the celebration including the choice of music and readings.

Photographs of Anne’s life on and off screen will be displayed inside the cathedral, along with an exhibition of the amateur’s artist’s own artwork.

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