The final farewell is set to be said to one of Coronation Street’s best-loved characters next week.
Back in August, cast members David Neilson, Jennie McAlpine and Alan Halsall – characters Roy Cropper, Fiz Brown and Tyrone Dobbs – spent a day filming on Blackpool’s Promenade, as they prepared to say goodbye to character Hayley Cropper who died from cancer earlier this year.
The trio came to the resort to scatter Hayley’s ashes, in episodes to be screened on Friday night, at 7.30pm and 8.30pm in ITV.
A spokesman for the show said: “Roy gets increasingly anxious as he prepares to scatter Hayley’s ashes in Blackpool – will he find the strength to say goodbye?
“Meanwhile, Maddie and Sophie discover a break-in at the café flat, is Roy returning home to a nightmare?”
The shooting of Roy’s final moments with Hayley, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh, on a windswept Prom was a poignant flashback to the couple’s trip to the resort last October, when they danced in the Tower Ballroom after her diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer.
Hayley’s cancer storyline has seen both David and Julie receive awards for their performances, as well as gongs going to the soap’s team for the plot.
Hundreds of fans gathered on Cental Promenade when the cast came to town, to watch scenes played out against gusty conditions and high tides.
Waves crashed over the sea walls, soaking crew members and extras during the filming.
Jennie and Alan were seen taking photos and enjoying the sun, while David paced at times, checking his lines and preparing for what appeared to be dramatic dialogue between the trio.
After a while, the filming moved to make the most of the Blackpool backdrop, with Central Pier and the Comedy Carpet featuring.
Speaking at the time, Jennie said: “It’s a celebration of the episode when Roy and Hayley came to Blackpool and I’m so pleased Fiz and Tyrone are here. It’s nice to say goodbye here too. The episode when they visited was so well received and it’s the seaside destination of choice to anyone who lives on The Street.”