When news broke that Coronation Street’s Liz Dawn had died sadness swept across the UK. She was best known as Vera Duckworth and starred on the cobbled streets of X for 34 years.

Liz passed away aged 77 on September 25. She leaves behind her husband, Don Ibbetson, four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In an emotional interview with The Sunday Mirror Don revealed the last words his wife said to him. He recalled her saying: “You don’t know how much I loved you, Don. I did from the very first moment we met.”

Don also revealed that he was holding Liz’s hand moments before she died. She had been unwell for sometime after being diagnosed with lung disease emphysema in 2001. This is part of the reason she requested to be written out of Coronation Street in 2008.

Don and Liz were married for more than 50 years. He explained: “It still feels a little unreal Liz has gone. She’d come through so many problems, so we all thought she was kind of unbreakable.

“But she battled until the end. When she did go it was very peaceful. To the country she was Vera – and she loved that.

“But to all of us she was Liz – the most perfect wife, mother and grandmother. I will love her for the rest of my days.”

Several of Liz’s cast members attended her funeral, including Samia Longchambon (Maria Connor) and Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs).

The pair described Liz as a ‘wonderful, kind, funny and considerate person’. ITV also paid tribute to Liz following the news of her death.