Personally, I don’t think there’s never been a character like Minnie Caldwell and there never will be. An original character, she graced the cobbles for 16 years and although she didn’t have a great effect on the street, viewers think of Minnie with affection and endearment. Known for her love of cats, Minnie was part of the trio in the snug with Ena and Martha. A soft touch, she kept lodgers – the most famous being Jed Stone in the 1960s who fondly called her ‘Ma’. As well as cats (Bobby and Sunny Jim), Minnie loved betting on the gee-gees and was good friends with bookie Dave Smith, although she did go missing when she fell into debt. She often faced financial troubles and in an aim to solve her problems she accepted Albert Tatlock’s marriage proposal in 1973 but broke it off when she got tired of his habits. Her closest friend was Ena and their friendship dated back to their schooldays but Ena tended to dominate timid Minnie. In 1976, she moved to Whaley Bridge to live with old flame Handel Gartside and was never seen again.
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43. Reg Holdsworth 1989-1995 (36 votes)
One of Corrie’s most well remembered and popular characters. He was introduced as the boss of Curly Watts at Bettabuys supermarket and a new double act was born. Amongst the comedy scenes that Reg was involved in included wearing a toupee to attract the ladies and when his waterbed was accidentally punctured by Derek Wilton, dampening his romantic evening with fiancée Maureen Naylor. An unlikely Romeo, Reg had many romances that ranged from supermarket inspector Renee Dodds to Rita Fairclough and Bet Gilroy. In 1993, he met up with old flame Maureen and married her the following year. A thorn in Reg’s side during their marriage was mother in law Maud Grimes – an echo of the Ivy/Gail saga. As well as the supermarket, Reg owned the Corner Shop between 1994 and 1996 with Maureen and Maud managing it. They led a blissful life until Reg had an affair and moved to Lowestoft.
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