Coronation Street has said goodbye to some of the cobbles' favourites over the years as they’ve proved they’re not afraid to kill off big characters. And, this Christmas fans could see the demise of another treasured resident, Rita Sullivan (played by Barbara Knox).
In a tragic plot hoping to highlight the growing issue of loneliness and elderly people, fans will watch as Rita falls victim to the ongoing problem.
Rita will be left for dead as the tear-jerking storyline sees her fall when trying to decorate her Christmas tree with fairy lights.
The tree will fall on top of her, trapping her for several days.
But as poor Rita told neighbours she was leaving the cobbles for Christmas, nobody bats an eyelid when they see her house in darkness.
But in a Christmas miracle, her certain peril disappears as she is found by a neighbour.
In a later heart-wrenching scene, she tells her Weatherfield pals she had “thought she was a goner” after the freak accident left her unable to reach help.
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Coronation Street spoilers: Rita Sullivan tragically killed in huge Christmas storyline? (Image: ITV)
Coronation Street spoilers: Rita Sullivan is set for loneliness storyline this Christmas (Image: ITV)
An ITV source told The Sun: “Dev puts up the Christmas tree for Rita but doesn’t have time to sort the fairy lights.
“She ends up putting the lights on herself but when switching them on she trips and falls, pulling the tree on top of her.”
Soap bosses hope the storyline will shine a light on the loneliness which can be suffered by the elderly in the festive period.
The source added: “Spending