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Wednesday 11 April 2012

Top 60 Corrie Characters - Nos. 36 and 35

36. Raquel Watts (known as Wolstenhulme) 1991-1996, 2000 (47 votes)

The ditzy Rovers barmaid who was initially introduced as an assistant at Bettabuys. When she was hired at the Rovers, she formed a close friendship with both Bet Gilroy and Betty Turpin. Soon enough, she was in a relationship with Des Barnes, but it ended when his ex-wife Steph returned. After failed relationships with Gordon Blinkhorn and Wayne Farrell, Raquel married Curly Watts in 1995 – but the aching truth was she never loved him. She longed for Des. She eventually left Curly – not for Des but for a new job in Malaysia. Blonde and beautiful, Raquel was a vital comic character in the 1990s and her random conversations were always favourites. Notable scenes include having French lessons with Ken Barlow in the Rovers backroom and having a conversation about football with Alma Baldwin and Denise Osbourne in the Rovers bar. She returned to the cobbles on Millennium Eve to tell Curly he had a daughter: Alice. She also asked for a divorce and Curly agreed. She left Weatherfield again – to France this time.

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35. Phyllis Pearce 1982-1996 (50 votes)
Originally the grandmother of Craig Whitely and a thorn in his paternal grandfather Chalkie’s side, Phyllis was seen as interfering and worried for the welfare of her grandson. But after Craig and Chalkie’s departure, blue rinsed and croaky voiced set her sights on community centre caretaker and local busybody Percy Sugden. Not interested, Percy even became engaged to Maud Grimes to prove his disinterest, but Phyllis was still ignorant. To make Percy jealous, she courted Sam Tindall but to no avail. Although in her 60s, she found regular employment at Jim’s Caf√© alongside Alma, Gail and Martin although she was then forced to retire but then became Des Barnes’ housekeeper. She left the street in 1996 to live in retirement home Mayfield Court.

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1 comment:

Adam Rekitt said...

It was never clear what Phyllis saw in Percy Sugden, but maybe that was part of the joke. These days, such a character would be a mass murderer, killing anyone who she perceived to be a rival suitor for Percy's affections. That's why there is no humour any more.

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