Weatherfield’s answer to Mary Poppins, Claire Casey, arrived on Coronation Street as a nanny to Ashley Peacock’s son, Joshua.

Ashley was still grieving after the death of Joshua’s mum, Maxine at the hands of Corrie serial killer Richard Hillman.

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Ashley was still grieving Maxine when Claire arrived in the Street (Credit: ITV)

But the pair hit it off, and soon a romance was developing between the pair. Worried it was too soon after Maxine’s death, Ashley called a halt to their relationship. But they soon rekindled and the pair married on Christmas Day 2004.

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Claire and Ashley had a lovely Christmas wedding (Credit: ITV)

Christmas Day 2005 was an important one for the Peacocks, too, when Claire told Ashley she was pregnant.

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But tragedy hit at Christmas 2010 as the Joinery exploded and a tram ploughed into Coronation Street from the viaduct above. Ashley was killed in the disaster.

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Claire and Ashley had a guard of honour from local butchers on their wedding day (Credit: ITV)

Tracy Barlow returned to the Street a week later, and on New Year’s Eve was attacked. Claire admitted it was her who’d struck the blow, and she and her two boys fled the country.



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