CORONATION Street viewers are in tears after the soap paid a subtle tribute to Deirdre Barlow.
The iconic character died in 2015 following the death of actress Anne Kirkbride in 2014.
In tonight’s episode as the residents faced a devastating loss at the hands of developers Ray Crosby and Debbie Webster, Deirdre’s daughter Tracy Barlow insisted her mum would have known how to stop them.
After Ray delivered eviction notices to half the street just minutes after his victory in planning court, Tracy smelled a rat.
Tracy told Abi Franklin: “Maybe that was Ray’s plan all along? Get his ducks in a row.
“You know what mam was great in a crisis. She never took any rubbish of anyone.
“She saw off liars, conmen, cheats like it was nothing.”
A picture of Deirdre filled the screen as Tracy and Abi spoke about what to do about Ray.
Abi told her: “Listen to me, crises don’t get any bigger than this. Especially for the folk who are losing their homes.
“It’s time we were all a bit more Deirdre.”
One wrote: "Aww Deidre mentioned."
A second said: "Be a bit more Dierdre"
Another added: "I loved the Deiride mention"
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