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Liz Dawn: Vera Duckworth's best bits

Veteran Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn became a soap legend as the battleaxe Vera Duckworth. Here are some of her character's best bits from three decades on the cobbles of the ITV soap.

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At the heart of Vera Duckworth's Coronation Street story was her husband Jack. They're seen here in Las Vegas in 1997, when Jack asked Vera if she would marry him again - having confessed they were not actually legally husband and wife because he had lied about his date of birth when they originally tied the knot.

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Trouble was never far away - often in the form of their son Terry, played by Nigel Pivaro. His escapades included being released from prison to get married, and then going on the run and selling his own child.

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There were fireworks too when Jack joined a dating agency in 1983, using the name Vince St Clair.

To get her own back on him, Vera set up her own profile as redhead Carole Monroe. So when "Vince" met "Carole" in the Rovers Return on a date, Jack was shocked to come face-to-face with his own wife.

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Vera won a car in 1986 in Woman's Choice's "husband of the year" competition - which, it transpires, Jack entered in her name.

His winning slogan was: "My husband is husband of the year because right from the day we were married, he has made my life one long honeymoon."

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One of the most dramatic storylines in the 1970s saw a lorry shed its load of timber in front of the Rovers Return - with the wood crashing into the pub, trapping baby Tracy Barlow. Vera is seen looking on here, with fellow Street staples Ena Sharples and Hilda Ogden.

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In 1995, Jack, Vera and their grandson Tommy happened to end up on holiday in the next caravan to Gail and Martin Platt and their children. Needless to say Martin and Gail were horrified.

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In 1982, Liz Dawn took pride of place on the street when the Queen visited the set of the soap. Staunch royalist Vera would have been proud.


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