CORONATION Street’s Rita Tanner is devastated when she receives the ashes of her estranged husband Dennis and realises he has died.
The ITV soap veteran’s shock comes ahead of a disastrous day out to Blackpool – to scatter Denniss ashes – which will change lives forever and lead to the exit of one street favourite.
Corrie viewers know that Rita has been struggling with loneliness over the last few months.
Fans watched with dismay as Rita turned down Jennys invite to Winter Wonderland over the festive season as she refused to be treated like a charity case.
She then suffered a terrifying ideal over Christmas when she fell over while putting up fairy lights on her tree.
But it took hours for anyone to notice she was gone and realise that she was in danger.
In an upcoming episode, Rita is surprised when a parcel containing Denniss ashes arrives along with a note requesting she scatter them in Blackpool.
The character is saddened by the news of his death, and agrees to go with close friend Ken to Blackpool.
When Jenny gets wind of the trip she decides a day out would be great for all the residents of the cobbles, and books a party bus for them all to travel in.
And Rita gets on board the party bus carrying Denniss urn.
But Corrie bosses have confirmed that the bus ride takes a disastrous turn, changing lives forever and forcing one resident to leave the cobbles for pastures new. Will it be Rita?
Corrie fans got a first look at the tragic storyline in December 2019 when snaps of dramatic ambulance scenes emerged.
The spoiler pics show Rita sagging over the wheel of the bus after getting embroiled in some sort of crash.
Corrie boss Ian MacLeod has hinted that street legend Rita is set for drama over the next few weeks, as her tragic Christmas accident has long-lasting consequences.
Speaking before Christmas MacLeod said: “She’ll be okay physically but it will have slightly more far-reaching consequences in terms of her perception of her own life, her role in the world and her role on the street.
“That will play out over the first couple of months of next year, culminating around February time.
“She will be physically okay, just to reassure you. I’m not going to expect you to tune in on Christmas Day and watch Rita’s demise. That’s not something I would ever do!”