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Constancy is a rare thing in soap relationships. Bust-ups are ten-a-penny and infidelity is widespread but Roy and Hayley have always stood united, anoraks against the world. Now that love story is to come to an end with the climax of a plot that has, at times, been almost unbearably sad.
Here we see Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) preparing for her death by ironing the shirt she’d like Roy to wear to her funeral. It’s such a Hayley thing to do and a fine example of how this plotline has stayed true to the Croppers’ quirks and foibles while saying something universal about love and suffering.
The fact that we follow soap opera characters over years and sometimes decades means that the genre has always been able to chart life and loss. But what hurts the most about Hayley’s demise is that, as Weatherfield’s bastion of kindness and decency, she’s an especially rare breed. It’s hard to imagine how the likes of Carla, Fiz and — most of all — Roy are going to manage without her.
Hayley decides that today is to be her last, and tells Roy she wants to see Fiz, Tyrone and the rest of the family - who happily reminisce, oblivious of her intention to end her own life. Nick encourages Leanne to make up with Stella, while Tim asks Sophie to tackle Maddie about Sally's gold watch, which was in the handbag she stole from the soup kitchen, and Chesney invites Sinead to move in with him.
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