Thursday, 29 March 2018

A Tribute to our Blogger, our Friend Diane


Diane Williams, my friend and blog co-editor, has died.  I am in shock that she has gone, far too soon.

Diane was nicknamed Tvor which stood for The Voice of Reason - and for good reason too. With her guidance and support, she helped me run both this blog and corrie.net. She calmed me when I sent her infuriating emails about people nicking our work. She guided me when I wanted to give up the blog because my love for the show was on the wane. She offered me help and support, never criticism.

She was a Coronation Street fan through and through, a leading light in the online community. She could spot a Corrie spoiler a mile off, always ahead of the curve, guessing correctly what was to come in the show. And her insight went into her weekly blog posts here, the always well-received Corrie weekly awards.

In Canada where she lived, Diane helped run a Coronation Street fan club called The Downeast Streeters where she arranged for the cast of the show to fly out to Canada for appearances.  Here she is with Marc Baylis, who played Rob Donovan in the show.


In 2015 Diane married a lovely man called Graham who moved from his beloved Salford to Canada after they were wed. Graham is a massive Dr Who fan and their wedding involved a fan mash-up of Corrie and Dr Who.

My heart goes out to Diane's husband and her family in Canada, to her friends there and here in the UK and to all those who knew her online.

The Coronation Street fan community around the world has lost one of its best.

By Glenda




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47 comments:

Kosmo said...

For a long time Diane has also been involved in the CorrieDays update recording each episode, in recent times writing both Monday episodes and arranging to post a record of the second Wednesday episode. I know she has also supported the Conversation Street podcast with contributions nearly every week.

Diane - thank you for all of your efforts. You will be much missed.

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Gemma said...

I am in absolute shock, and heartbroken. I used to look forward to Tvor’s feedback every week on our podcast - it seems so unbelievable we’ll never hear from her again. Her insights, knowledge of the show, and her unerring ability to navigate the world of soap logic added so much to our podcast and I know the listeners enjoyed her comments as much as we did. She had such a generosity of spirit in spending so much time helping other fans. This is such a loss for us all. What utterly tragic news.

Dime said...

My sympathies go out to her family and loved ones. I so enjoyed reading her posts and comments. She will be greatly missed.

Rapunzel said...

I am shocked to hear this news. Diane/Tvor has been such an integral part of this blog that I feel as though she is a friend. My deepest sympathies to her loved ones and special thoughts to you, Glenda.

fairycake said...

I am in bits here. i honestly can not believe this has happened.
God's blessing and comfort to her husband and family.
Sleep well, Beauty, and know that you are missed and loved...
Cheers, love, hugs and Angel Kisses to you and yours everafter...
Eden X

Anonymous said...

Oh no! My love and condolences to Graham and the rest of her family and friends. Mark

Anonymous said...

Very sad indeed.

corrierules said...

I am so, so sorry and shocked to hear this terrible news. (I literally gasped when I read the first sentence of your post Glenda) I have always enjoyed her insights. All of us in the Corrie interweb have benefited greatly from her hard work and generosity. My deepest condolences to her family and to you Glenda on the loss of your dear friend. x

Cobblestone said...

I am deeply shocked at this news. Diane was a lovely lady, and truly the voice of reason. Her reactions to Corrie-related controversy were always measured and good natured. I always loved reading her gentle, fair-minded take on a given topic. Every so often, we have to face the loss of one of our on-screen Corrie favourites, but rarely one of our own, as it were. My deepest sympathies with her family and with you too, Glenda.

Anonymous said...

Like everyone else, I was gutted when I heard about Diane's passing. Although I never had the privilege of meeting this dear woman, I read her blog every week and enjoyed hearing her views on Gemma and Michael's podcast!
May she rest in peace, love and prayers to her family!

C in Canada said...

Oh how sad! This is the bad news that Flaming Nora had mentioned.

I'm sorry to hear it, and my condolences to all of you for a loss of a good colleague.

Anonymous said...

The Voice of Reason, indeed. She was a thoughtful women, and so generous to the Corrie Fan Community. Very sad news. She left this world way too soon.
Sandra

abbyk said...

I have been a fan for so long I think of Tvor as a friend. Rest In Peace, Diane and thank you for years of reading pleasure.

popcorn said...

Such sad news. I had noticed that there were no awards this past week. Now I know why. We will all miss Tvor who always added such an interesting perspective in her comments on Street goings-on. I am sorry you have lost a friend and co-worker. We will all be poorer for this loss.

Anonymous said...

Maricha:
My condolences to her family and friends.

I only knew Tvor from this blog and hers and appreciated her opinion and insights.

Laura said...

Such sad news...her enthusiasm and love for the show was always clearly evident and I enjoyed reading her comments and thoughts. Condolences to her family and her friends.

Aniol said...

I am stunned and saddened to hear of her passing. I always love reading the comments on here and I've become familiar with the commenters almost as much as the cast. Tvor was my fellow Canuck. Bless her family at this painful time.

Llywela said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear this :(

Humpty Dumpty said...

Shocked and saddened to hear this unexpected news. It seems only a couple of days ago that Tvor posted a comment here. Her enthusiasm for Corrie was obvious and she'll be much missed on this site. Condolences to the family.

Anonymous said...

Very Sad news. Although I only knew her as Tvor from this site, I too felt like she was a friend. Commiserations to family and friends
ER in Canada

^adrian said...

Third person I met On mirc days, I was a twat as for as tech went, she took me through it like champ. Gees thats a few years back. My fav moment from that time was from sir Ian, those that don't know was a lad from Scotland, I made a montage of our voices set to bagpipes was an audio clip. rIan died and Diane after a bit of waiting said he hated bagpipes. It was just a great moment ya had to be there. Fly well Diane!

Anonymous said...

Terrible news. Thoroughly enjoyed her blogs and comments and all her hard work, her labour of love.

A fellow Canadian Girl in Toronto

Susan said...

I am so sad to hear this news. I always enjoyed Tvor's insightful posts. My condolences to her friends and family.

maggie muggins said...

What a terrible shock. I'll never get used to loved ones around me dying, and even though I never met Diane, she easily fits the description. Condolences to you Glenda and Diane's Graham and her family and friends.

I first read Tvor's thoughts on Coronation Street Guestbook, the old Canadian one. I had just started watching the show in the early 90's and have been enjoying her wit, humour and love of all things Corrie ever since. I always thought she knew the writers, the way she could suss out twists on the show.

A great loss to so many people. Way too soon. Hugs.

Ancient corrier said...

How very sad. Condolences to her family.

Rebecca said...

What sad news! Thinking of her friends and family at this time. I always appreciated knowing that there was a fellow Canadian so involved on my favourite Corrie sites.

Suburban Princess said...

Such sad news. I remember her name going back to the CSVU days when I used to read the posts every night at work to keep up with the show before it was more easily available.

Arya said...

So shocked and sad to hear this news. Feel like I have been reading her blogs and comments for such a long time. Condolences to all her family and friends.

Anonymous said...

Oh, such sad news to hear. I was lucky enough to meet up with her in Vancouver many moons ago, and chatted with her on mirc as well. I always looked forward to her insightful comments. Condolences to Graham and her family.
Peanut Butter

Canadian watcher said...

Diane's passing will have a massive impact on our enjoyment of Coronation Street. I checked the Bluenose Corrie Blogger constantly since it matched the episodes airing in Canada; she was always so careful to flag spoilers. She was an irreplaceable treasure.

Beijing York said...

I am so shocked and saddened by this news. My sincerest condolences to Diane's husband Graham, her family and friends.

I have followed Diane aka TVOR for decades. Like Adrian mentioned above, she helped and encouraged me to participate in the early internet chat room that was devoted to Corrie fans. I was sparqui on that and other late 90s forums devoted to Corrie, including CSVU and the Guestbook. It was such an amazing community and Diane was one of the pillars that set it up and supported it throughout the years. I loved reading her blog and contributions to this site. She was the connective tissue of my past corrie fandom to my present. I am so very, very sad that she is gone.

DeannaBefore said...

Sad news, indeed. I have been following Diane around the internet for ages and it just won't be the same without her.

Beth said...

I am so sad to read this and although I never met Diane in person, reading this wonderful Blog I feel as though I've lost a friend. Warm condolences to those who knew her! Hugs xxx

Aussie Pete said...

Oh my God! I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of Diane/Tvor. My thoughts are with you and her family. A Corrie Blog legend, now on the cobbles in the sky.

Derelict Cucumberpatch said...

Can't believe it! Shocked and saddened to read this news. Tvor's comments were always so insightful - she will be sorely missed. RIP dear lady xx

M in Toronto said...

This is such sad news. I, like so many others, valued Diane’s insight and humour and looked forward to her posts. Condolences to her husband Graham and to all her family and friends. Rest peacefully Tvor.

Abercrombie said...

Ever since I started following Corrie blog I have been aware of the strong and insightful contribution of Tvor. This is very sad news and my heart goes out to her family and friends and all whose paths she crossed.

joanne taylor said...

I'm saddened to hear to this, please pass my deepest sympathies to family and friends.

Lily Bigfield said...

This is such terribly sad news. I sit on the sidelines of this wonderful blog, but over the years I feel I have come to know people in the Corrie fan family. I remember reading about Diane's wedding, and I always looked forward to the weekly posts by Tvor, and enjoyed her comments on all sorts of Corrie subjects.
I send my condolences to her husband and loved ones, and to you Glenda and all her other dear friends in the Corrie community.

Martesbc said...

My sincere condolences to family, collegues, and friends on the blog. Rest in peace and thank you, Diane/TVOR.

M Wiersema said...

So sorry for this great loss. Always a joy to read her contributions, I truly appreciated her point of view, voice of reason, and humor. Godspeed TVOR. Rest well Diane.

Shells said...

What a shock! I never knew TVOR nor what TVOR meant until now. I just recognized her blogs and comments. I'm truly sorry for your loss and for her other loved ones. I will miss reading her work.

Wendy T. Gibson said...

A total shock to read of Tvor's passing! My deepest condolences to you and to her family. What a body of work she has left behind. Thank you Diane, for all your intelligent input and insights.

kib said...

I gasped I was so shocked. Peace to her friends and family. We were both on a tour to Manchester in June 2010 and I wished I'd gotten to know her then. I followed Bluenose Blogger and often kept it to savour at the end of my emails because it was so enjoyable.

Simone Subversive said...

This is indeed a shock. Thank you for sharing the news and this lovely tribute. TVOR's writing and commentary was one of my blog reading highlights, and she will be missed. Thanks also to all who work so hard to make this blog a useful and thought-provoking resource for so many of us around the world.

Gini Dorette said...

I'm so sorry to hear of this. I remember 'TVOR' from the CSVU days and didn't realize it was the same person. I will miss reading her commentary. Condolences to her family and friends.

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