Our Queen Of The Cob­bles

As she gets shock­ing health news, we look back at Rita’s mem­o­rable Cor­rie mo­ments

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Poor, unlucky-in-love Rita. Her love life has had more lows than highs and her sto­ry­lines never shied far from man trou­ble. First up was Harry Bates who Rita wasn’t ac­tu­ally mar­ried to but ar­rived on the cob­bles as his com­mon-law wife, back in 1964, along with his son, Terry. Rita ex­pe­ri­enced do­mes­tic vi­o­lence with Harry and in­stead fell in love with Deputy Mayor, Len Fair­clough, who of­fered her sup­port. Rita and Len mar­ried but he was dra­mat­i­cally killed in a car ac­ci­dent, with Rita then find­ing out he was lead­ing a se­cret life, hav­ing an af­fair their whole mar­riage. Rita mar­ried for a sec­ond time in 1992 to Ted Sul­li­van, but he died from a brain tu­mour only three months af­ter they were mar­ried. Then were her en­gage­ments to Alec Gil­roy and Colin Grimshaw, be­fore Den­nis Tan­ner in 2012. First he ran away for a new life with Glo­ria abroad, be­fore be­ing dumped and re­turn­ing with his tail be­tween his legs. Then he punched Nor­ris, prompt­ing her to im­me­di­ately kick him out of her Kabin and life for­ever.

Rita has never had much luck on the ro­man­tic front – as Len, Den­nis and Ted prove

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