Tributes pour in for 'Corrie' legend Maggie Jones

Thursday December 3, 2009

The filming of Coronation Street has been halted for a day as stars mourn the loss of their colleague Maggie Jones.

Maggie, who played sharp-tongued battleaxe Blanche Hunt for ten years, has passed away in her sleep at the age of 75.

The actress had been making a slow recovery from a prolonged illness, but was taken to Salford's Royal Hospital when her condition deteriorated on Wednesday morning.

And tributes have been pouring in for the award-winning screen star.

"Sharper than a velociraptor with a flick knife, she always said just what you wanted to hear," says Anthony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully in the soap.

"In Coronation Street, with the bright lights of Weatherfield all competing to illuminate the Rovers Return, there was Maggie as Blanche - a laser beam."

Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, added: "Maggie was a tower of strength, physically frail but mentally strong as an ox and sharp as someone half her age.

"She had an amazing dry wit and was as funny, if not funnier than, Blanche."

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