(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog June 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)
Yesterday brought very sad news that Roy Barraclough has passed away. His Coronation Street co-star Julie Goodyear, who played his wife Bet Gilroy in the show, spoke to The Mirror to pay her respects to Roy.
Julie, 75, said: “I have no words to describe how devastated I feel. We were just like a married couple. We kept in close touch and spoke to each other at least two or three times every week.
“I will treasure all the happy times we had working and laughing together. Rest in peace Roy. I will always love you.”
Corrie executive producer Kieran Roberts dedicated last night’s episode to Roy, saying: “The fact that Alec Gilroy was at the heart of the show for so many years and was held in such affection by so many fans is a tribute to Roy’s genius, for drama as well as comedy.”
The Guardian today carry Roy Barraclough's obituary.
You may like to read our blogger Graeme's warm and wonderful tribute to Roy Barraclough.
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