It’s the end of an era in Weatherfield as the Street says goodbye to outspoken OAP Blanche, played by Maggie Jones, who died last year at the age of 75.
Blanche first appeared back in 1974, although Maggie had earlier had two guest roles in Corrie.
She soon became the bane of Deirdre’s (Anne Kirkbride) life. “‘Good looks are a curse,” she later told her daughter. “You and Ken should count yourselves lucky!”
Throwing a drink over undertaker Archie (Roy Hudd) in 2002. Blanche thought he was ‘carrying on’ with Audrey.
In the public gallery of a courtroom with fellow nosey neighbour Norris (Malcolm Hebden). “You need to learn to enjoy other people’s misfortune. Otherwise you’re going to have a very unhappy old age.”
Locals learn to avoid roadhog Blanche as she tries out a mobility scooter in 2005.
With Deirdre, son-in-law ‘Kenneth’ (William Roache) and granddaughter Tracy (Kate Ford), who inherited her gran’s mean streak. “You look remarkably chipper,” Blanche once told her. “Trod on a snail?”
At a wedding reception with Norris and Emily (Eileen Derbyshire). “They’ll be lucky if they make it to the end of the reception!” she said of one lucky couple.
Celebrating Ken and Emily’s birthdays with Deirdre last year. “I don’t find her funny,” she said of her alter ego. “Blanche genuinely believes what she’s saying is right and doesn’t say things for comedic effect.” Watch Coronation Street from Monday, May 10