Coronation Street fans thrilled as Norris Cole finally returns ahead of Ritas heartbreaking Christmas storyline


CORONATION Street fans were left thrilled during tonight’s episodes as Norris Cole finally returned to Weatherfield.

But his arrival left a bitter taste in Rita’s mouth – after her former colleague rushed off to see his girlfriend.

Corrie fans were thrilled as Norris finally returns – but leaves Rita heartbroken

Rita is set to be left for dead in a heartbreaking Christmas storyline about lonely OAPs.

Tonight, viewers sawNorris join Rita for a cup of tea, but he was barely there for five minutes before he headed to the Rovers to meet Freda.

Rita said she wanted to go too, but Norris brushed her off.

She told him before he left: “I never thought I’d say this, but it would be lovely to see more of you.”

Fans at home were relieved to see Norris back on the soap – but admitted seeing Rita upset was heartbreaking.

Norris popped in to Rita’s for a cup of tea

One said: “Nice to see Norris back on #CoronationStreet”.

Another said: “I feel so sorry for Rita. Everyone is pushing her away. Shes gonna b all alone at xmas”

A third declared: “Hello Rita, Goodbye Rita”

Norris hasnt been on screen since 2017 after actor Malcolm Hebden suffered a heart attackand was forced to take a significant amount of time off work.

Norris brushed Rita off when she asked to go to the Rovers with him for a drink

But it was revealed back in November that Malcolm would be reprising his role as the Streets resident busy body this year.

A source told the Sunday Mirror: It has been a long battle back to fitness but he looks better than I could have imagined.

“He looks really well, it is going to be great to have him back. The show has missed him. Weve missed him.”

Malcolm, 78, previously spoke out about the attack, which almost killed him.

Rita left fans heartbroken with her disappointment over Norris rushing off

He said: Fortunately I didnt realise how bad it was. I was dying.

“The cardiac team simply saved my life.

I was informed by my doctor I had had at least one heart attack. The heart attack tore a hole in my heart, they operated and took a chance.