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Devastated by death of Coronation Street Deirdre Barlow

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on Thursday, 22 January 2015
Dear Patricia Marie,

I feel rather silly writing this, but I am a loyal Coronation Street fan, and am devastated by the very sad and sudden death of Anne Kirkbride, who played the character Deirdre Barlow for many years. I am the same age as she was and have grown up watching her in the soap. Many of her story lines seemed to parallel events in my own life.

I find it hard to believe that she isnt going to be on the programme anymore and don't even know if I can bear to watch it again. It just won't be the same without her.

Since the news of her death I have been unable to focus and feel extremely tearful most of the time.
How on earth can I move on from this situation?

Patricia Marie says.....

You are most certainly not alone in mourning the very sad unexpected death of 'national icon' Anne Kirkbride, who died aged just 60 on Monday. Playing Deirdre Barlow for 43 years, she leaves a huge void in not only her family, friends and colleagues lives, but for you and all the other viewers who adored her.

Don't feel silly to be upset for the loss of someone who through the years played the story of life brilliantly, who connected with so many of us, and whose sudden loss has shocked the nation, proving hard to accept.

Deirdre showed her vulnerability by embarking on an affair with her husbands worst enemy Mike Baldwin, as well as having a fling with bad boy Jon Lindsay, which resulted in her being locked up in prison. Yet when required, she displayed great strength of character by standing up to all those who criticised her badly behaved daughter - story lines that resonated with many.

But who could possibly forget the comical banter between Deirdre, her husband Ken and eccentric mother Blanche, providing viewers with side-splitting laughter. At this time of sadness, its comforting to have such fond memories.

Of course Coronation Street will be different without Deirdre; but the programme will go on, as life must - just as her colleagues will have to find the strength to continue to work without their familiar friend beside them. And be assured the writers of Coronation street will ensure this iconic character will continue to have her presence felt in the street.

I hope you can get comfort and support from knowing others are feeling sad like you, and that as time goes on, your grief will ease. Anne's passing sends that familiar important message to us all, that we must embrace life, and cherish every moment, as it is so very precious and should never be taken for granted. One thing we can be sure of, our beloved Deirdre Barlow will never be forgotten.
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