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Funeral held for Coronation Street's Maggie Jones

Maggie Jones as Blanche Hunt
A memorial service for Maggie Jones will be held at a later date

A "beautiful and dignified" funeral service has been held for Coronation Street actress Maggie Jones, who died earlier this month.

The star, who played much-loved battle-axe Blanche Hunt, died on 2 December aged 75 following major surgery.

The private service, which took place in Clerkenwell, London, was attended by family, close friends and members of the cast.

A minute's silence was observed on the Coronation Street set in Manchester.

It enabled those who were unable to make the journey to London to pay their respects.

A spokeswoman for the ITV soap said: "It was a beautiful and dignified service."

She added that the actress's life will be celebrated with a memorial service in Manchester, planned to take place in February next year.

Jones was forced to pull out of filming in October due to her illness.

In an episode of the drama shown earlier this week, her screen daughter Deirdre said that Blanche had gone on holiday, explaining her absence from Weatherfield.

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