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The Street is like home and they really are my family

A child singing sensation who became a soap star, Betty Driver took to the stage at the age of eight. By ten, she appeared on the BBC, and toured by age twelve. Musical theatre was soon followed by film, and her first role was in *Penny Paradise (1938) as a co-star at age 18.

World War II changed her path. She began entertaining the troops, singing in front of the swinging sounds of a big band. After the war, Radio, albums, Ealing Comedies and television followed.

Finally, she won the part we most remember her for today – that of Betty Turpin (later Williams) in Coronation Street.

As the Rover's Return barmaid famed for her hotpot recipe, Betty found a role that she relished in Corrie. She continued to delight Britain's soap opera audiences for over 40 years and 2,800 episodes.

She was awarded an MBE in 1999 for services to Entertainment, and in 2010 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Soap Awards.

She continued working until her death in 2011, her last episode airing a month after. Her funeral was attended by her friends and co-stars. A special outdoor broadcast was made for the many fans who flocked the streets of Manchester to pay tribute.