Coronation Street Monthly Update February 2011
AT THE end of last month we’d finished with the explosion in The Joinery causing the tram to crash onto Coronation Street. And as the residents come to terms with the carnage on the cobbles, two families mourn loved ones who have died.
Molly Dobbs’ death causes shockwaves when she reveals on her deathbed, to Sally, that Kevin’s the father of her baby, not Tyrone. Sally kicks Kevin out and he’s left holding the baby when Tyrone tells him he doesn’t want the kid any more.
Elsewhere, Claire Peacock mourns Ashley who dies a hero when The Joinery collapses on his head after he hangs on in there long enough for both Peter and Nick to get out alive. There were four deaths in all, the others were Charlotte, murdered by John Stape who buried her body in the rubble to make it look as if she’d been in the explosion. And the fourth death was a taxi driver, caught in the crash.
As the crash chaos continues, Fiz goes into labour and gives birth to baby Hope as husband John worries about being uncovered as Charlotte’s killer.
Elsewhere, Jason rescues little Simon from the flames and gets a hero’s welcome on the Street from everyone except Eileen, who clips him around the ear and tells him never to do anything so daft again in his life. But he’s Jason, so he will.
And as the rescue services do their best, as families and loved ones reunite and hug with relief that they’re all still alive, someone’s been almost forgotten about. It’s Rita in the Kabin, lying injured on the ground after being hurt in the blast. When she’s finally pulled free, she comes out with a corker, remembering her time in Blackpool with Alan Bradley back in the day: “What is it wi’ me and trams?”
Over at the hospital, there’s a lot going on. Peter Barlow’s at death’s door, he can hardly breathe, never mind speak, but he demands to marry Leanne right there and then in his hospital bed. A vicar’s called and vows are exchanged before Peter’s sped into intensive care.
And in amongst all of this, Gary Windass sits alone, cowering behind the sofa in his mam’s house, reliving the horrors of what he’s seen in Afghanistan. The explosion, the tram crash, it brings it all back to him, he’s having terrifying flashbacks of his best mate Quinny’s death, of seeing war close at hand. Shocking. Poor Gary.
And if all of that wasn’t excitement enough, Tracy Barlow returned. She upset everyone and was found in a pool of blood in the back yard of the Barlow’s. It doesn’t help Steve’s case that he was the one who was found next to Tracy’s body with blood on his hands. But there’s a list as long as your arm as to who could have attacked Tracey-luv.
At the Rovers Return, Audrey’s arch-frenemy Claudia arrives and whips her big shiny red hair back and forth. “Aud!” she screams, to Audrey’s dismay. “Claudeee!” Audrey replies, to get her own back. There’s a prize raffle and Audrey’s not best pleased when she wins a hairdo at Claudie’s salon. She’s even more upset when she finds out that Claudia’s hoping to open a new hair salon in Ashley’s old butcher’s shop, and he’s not even cold in his grave.