(This post was originally posted by Llifon on the Coronation Street Blog in March 2012.)
I just realised there has been no reference to Rita's 80th birthday. Her birthday was on the 25th of February, and I find it odd there was no mention whatsoever. Coronation Street has been very good to mention other milestone birthdays like Emily, Jack, Gail, Audrey, Betty, Ken and Norris - but not Rita! And why make a fuss about Norris' birthday this week when he was only 72 compared to Rita's 80th? And with her being such an integral part of the community and well liked, you'd think Emily, Dennis, Norris and Tina would've planned something! A party at the Rovers possibly? Or maybe Barbara Knox didn't want to broadcast her age, because she wasn't happy when they did a storyline about her 70th birthday in 2002! (edited: Apparently that is indeed the reason. The actress preferred not to draw attention to it)
Do you remember when Rita, Emily, Betty and Blanche went for a country drive to celebrate? And they were held at gunpoint but heroine Rita easily overpowered him and he was arrested? And when they appeared in the Weatherfield Gazette as 'grannies', they attacked the journalist as well with their handbags - and appeared on the front page again for attacking the reporter!
So, what do you think? Should Corrie have mentioned summat about Rita's milestone birthday? After all, you'd think she deserved a party and it would've been a great chance to show old photographs of her and reminisce.
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