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Tuesday, April 13, 1999 Published at 17:02 GMT 18:02 UK


Street star Mosley remembered

Bryan Mosley with co-stars Betty Driver and Sue Nicholls

Past and present stars of Coronation Street have been paying tribute to actor Bryan Mosley - the soap's Alf Roberts - at a special memorial service.

More than 300 people packed into Salford's Roman Catholic cathedral to celebrate the life of the veteran actor, who died earlier this year aged 67.

Many of the ITV soap's current actors joined the congregation, including his screen wife Sue Nicholls, Helen Worth, Eileen Derbyshire, Bill Tarmey, Sally Whitaker, Denise Welch and Bruce Jones.

William Roache - who plays Ken Barlow - told how they would often collapse in laughter during rehearsals.

"Bryan was a very funny man. He was a rounded man - a good family man, a good actor, a stunt man, an artist. He was warm and friendly.

"Bryan will be here among us today watching and listening. If ever you have any doubts about your popularity, look around."

Granada Television had re-arranged filming schedules to enable cast members to attend the service.

Mayoral portrait in front of altar

[ image: William Roache addressing the congregation]
William Roache addressing the congregation
Julie Goodyear - who played Rovers Return landlady Bet Gilroy - led former cast members at the service. Street creator Tony Warren also attended.

A portrait of Alf Roberts, painted for an episode of the show in his robes as mayor of Weatherfield, stood in front of the altar for the service.

Entertainer Ken Dodd and actor Frank Finlay were among those giving readings.

Dodd said: "He would have loved to see all these actors, entertainers and agents he has managed to pull into church on a Tuesday afternoon during licencing hours."

Shopkeeper Alf Roberts was a Coronation Street regular for 37 years. He made his first appearance in 1961, and his last on New Year's Eve 1998 when the character died in his sleep in a special farewell episode.

Although Mosley hoped to spend more time with family and friends after he left the show, he died in February after he collapsed in Shipley, West Yorkshire.

A keen fencer, the Leeds-born actor also featured in other TV shows like Z Cars, The Saint and Doctor Who, in addition to film roles in Get Carter, Far From The Madding Crowd and A Kind of Loving.

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