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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Top 50 Corrie Couples - No. 13

13. Len Fairclough and Rita Littlewood/Fairclough 1972-1983 (101 votes)

When Rita Littlewood first appeared on the cobbles in 1964, Len had just divorced his wife Nellie and was busy chasing Elsie Tanner. It would be in 1972 that she would reappear. She found herself attracted to Len and they began a romance. She was a nightclub singer and he a builder and their relationship was tempestuous.

In 1973, Len bought a newsagent, called it ‘The Kabin’ and installed Rita as manageress. Their relationship nearly ended in 1974 when Len favoured a council scheme to demolish Coronation Street. He confided in Rita who blabbed. By 1975, they had rebuilt their relationship. In 1977, Rita got a singing offer in Tenerife and accepted. At the airport, she realised she loved Len and married him shortly after.

In 1980, Rita left Len over his stubbornness to make improvements at their home at 9 Coronation Street and she still envied next door neighbour Elsie who Len held a flame for, but they later reconciled. In 1981, Rita became broody and as they were too old to adopt, they fostered John Spencer and later Sharon Gaskell. In 1982, they moved next door to No. 7 that Len had newly built. Rita was devastated when Len was killed in a car crash in 1983. She was later shocked when it was revealed he had been visiting his mistress.

Were you fans of the Faircloughs? Was Len Rita’s true love? Should they be at 13?


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2 comments:

Frosty the Snowman said...

Love the picture of Rita - shows how her hair has EXPANDED over the years into the massive barnet she has now1

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...looks like Len and Rita both had the same hair back then!

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