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Emotional Coronation Street exit for Eileen Grimshaw and Nicola Rubenstein as they wave goodbye to Weatherfield

Mirror logo Mirror 14/06/2018 Jenny Desborough
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Eileen Grimshaw and Nicola Rubenstein said goodbye to No.11 Coronation Street in tear-jerker scenes this evening.

Their exit storyline was one of the most dramatic in the soap's history, with Eileen's villainous husband Pat Phlean returning to wreak havoc and revenge on all those he hated.

But don't get too upset - Eileen will return to Weatherfield after a well-earned holiday. Nicola Thorp, however, has confirmed that she may not return to the cobbles.

Nicola, who played Phelan's daughter in the ITV soap, wrote on Instagram: "Thanks to the cast and crew and everyone at Coronation Street for making the cobbles feel like home this past year. I’m lucky to call you my friends. Thanks to the audience and fans for all the love and support."

a group of people standing in a room: Eileen gave a short speech at her goodbye party © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Eileen gave a short speech at her goodbye party In dramatic scenes earlier this month, Phelan's reign of terror led to him shooting poor Michelle Connor on her wedding day and his own daughter, Nicola Rubinstein, before Anna Windass, who he forced to have sex with him and then framed, stuck the knife into him and saw him shipped to the morgue in a body bag.

But Eileen has had a pretty tumultuous time on the street even before Pat, with various relationships going down the pan and her sons leaving her for pastures new.

She arrived in 2000 with her two sons, Jason and Todd, and moved into a house she rented form Steve McDonald, her new boss who hired her to run the radio at taxi firm Street Cars.

Eileen started with Dennis Stringer, a biker who ended up leaving him for Janice Battersby, which caused an almighty row in the street where Eileen punched Janice.

Eileen shared a hug with her boss Steve © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Eileen shared a hug with her boss Steve Other than Dennis, Eileen has not had many long term relationships, other than fireman Paul Kershaw, who left her after a fight about his wife, Lesley, who battled Alzheimer's disease, and then Pat when he returned in 2016.

She also formed some pretty strong bonds with Liz McDonald, Steve's mother, Steve himself and Nicola, with whom she left to live in Bristol with Nicola's newborn son, Zack.

Eileen also became close mates with her son Todd's boyfriend, the vicar Billy Mayhew, after her son left suddenly.

a person sitting on a table: Eileen was clearly very emotional as she said goodbye © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Eileen was clearly very emotional as she said goodbye But she had some pretty strong enemies too, one major enemy being Gail Platt.

Gail and Eileen had numerous rows in the street, pub, and in their various houses, especially when they became in-laws when Sarah-Louise Platt and Jason got married.

Eileen was even a prime suspect when someone was stalking Gail, pretending to be her murderous ex-husband Richard Hillman, but it was later revealed to have been her son, David Platt, who was hoaxing his mother.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Her friends gathered to see her off © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Her friends gathered to see her off The taxi-firm worker shared a cute hug with her boss, Steve, and hugged her young foster-grandchild Summer as she and Nicola got in the car to head for Bristol.

She was even thrown a goodbye party at the cab office, with Tim Metcalfe brandishing a bottle of bubbly to wave her off.

a close up of a person: Eileen looked downcast as she said goodbye to the cobbles © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Eileen looked downcast as she said goodbye to the cobbles Eileen gave a heartfelt speech about the effect Pat had on all the street, which gives a clear indication for her departure as she was clearly unsure anyone on the cobbles could trust her again.

How will she return?

Coronation Street continues on Friday from 7.30pm on ITV.   

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