Coronation Street's tribute to Roy Barraclough
2 June 2017 - 9:00 AM

Coronation Street's tribute to Roy Barraclough

Thursday's (01.06.17) episode of "Coronation Street" was dedicated to Roy Barraclough.

Just hours after the beloved actor - best known for playing Rovers Return landlord Alec Gilroy in the long-running ITV soap - passed away following a short illness, ITV remembered him with a moving tribute.

At the end of Thursday's episode, viewers could see a picture of Roy, 81, with the words: "In memory of Roy Barraclough 1935 - 2017."

Barraclough, who was awarded an MBE for services to drama and charity in 2006, first appeared in "Coronation Street" in 1964, before he joined the soap on a permanent basis in 1986.

Julie Goodyear, who played his on-screen wife Bet Lynch, led the tributes to the comedic actor, saying she will "treasure" the times they spent together.

Roy Barraclough is laid to rest

2 June 2017 - 9:00 AM

Roy Barraclough is laid to rest

Julie said in a statement: "My dearest friend Roy Barraclough has passed away at 6am this morning.

"I have no words to describe how devastated I feel. We kept in close touch and spoke to each other at least two or three times every week.

Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough dies aged 81

2 June 2017 - 9:00 AM

Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough dies aged 81

"I will treasure all the happy times we had working and laughing together. We were just like a married couple, crazy, I know, but true."

During his lengthy career, Barraclough also appeared in a 2016 revival of the sitcom "Are You Being Served?", as well as "Last of the Summer Wine", "Casualty" and a stage production of the Arthur Miller play "Death of a Salesman".

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