Michelle Connor is in for a surprise in the coming weeks after boyfriend Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) drops the bombshell that he’s bought the Rovers for her.
“Michelle’s feeling a bit useless because she no longer has her job at the factory and Ryan has left. So Steve spies this opportunity and thinks it would be a great idea to buy the Rovers for her as a gift,” says Kym Lomas. “He thinks it’ll make her feel much better about herself, but he does it all in secret so she’s absolutely fuming. Buying a pub is quite a big decision to make really, isn’t it!”
Yet surely Michelle and the Rovers bar go together like Newton and Ridley? After all, it’s the very place where she started out after arriving on the Street.
“Well, at least she’s doing something she’s good at and that people appreciate her for. But Steve’s decision does make her go a bit mad. Michelle didn’t really have the best experience the last time they were there, so she has bad memories of the place, really.
"But eventually she does come round to the idea and ends up pleased that she and Steve are now co-owners of the Rovers and that she’s found some purpose in her life. She feels as though she’s come home.”