Coronation Street’s Ken Barlow (played by William Roache) left fans devastated when he appeared to announce his departure from the show in the 10,000th episode of the ITV soap. However, although Ken and Claudia Colby (Rula Lenska) have decided to move away from the Street, fans will continue to follow their journey as they embark on a new chapter in their lives.
In recent scenes, Ken’s good friend Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox) discovered her estranged husband has passed away when his asked turned up with instructions of his wish to be scattered in Blackpool.
A host of Weatherfield favourites embarked on a trip to the seaside resort to accompany Rita on the emotional mission.
However, Ken used the trip as an opportunity to reflect on his life and his ambitions while Claudia’s request for them to move played on his mind.
The Corrie stalwart opened up to Rita and Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) about his ambitions as a young man to travel the world.
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Coronation Street spoilers: Ken and Claudia have moved from the Cobbles (Image: ITV)
Coronation Street spoilers: Ken and Claudia are greeted by a friendly resident (Image: ITV)
After some soul-searching, Ken has decided to listen to girlfriend Claudia and move to the Still Waters Luxury Retirement complex.
In a poignant scene with his dog, Eccles, Ken looked up at his house and declared he was leaving at the end of the soap’s 10,000th episode.
“80 years too late,” he said. “But finally it’s time to go. Goodbye old friend.”
Viewers were left heartbroken as they feared Ken would depart for good but, the soap will watch the couple’s new life unfold.