Les confides to Janice that the tarmacking will commence later that day, which Janice and Toyah relay to the rest of the residents. Ken rallies the residents into forming a protest, and investigates getting a preservation order for the cobbles from Northern Heritage. Duggie has 'Save Our Street' T-shirts printed and hands them out free of charge - much to everyone's surprise. The Duckworths prepare for Vera's operation, with the Claytons full of gratitude for Vera's sacrifice. Jack and Vera say their tearful goodbyes as Vera is wheeled into the operating theatre. Natalie has a visit from brewery official Max Dale, offering staff and training for the Rovers. Audrey is worried that she'll be blamed for the tarmacking of the cobbles, but is too busy preparing for a visit to Weatherfield by Prince Charles when she will be presented to him. Roy and Hayley have another visit from Peter Hartnell from the social services. He quizzes them on Hayley's transsexualism, but Roy's blunt responses, describing Hayley as a misfit, upset her. After the meeting Hayley wants to discuss the issue, but Roy is too distracted by saving the cobbles. The residents form a barricade to stop the tarmackers gaining access to the street. There is a stand-off, with both sides pledging not to give up the fight. Jack is sitting with Vera waiting for her to come round after the operation when she suffers an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic.


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  • This episode was transmitted on ITV1 at 9.50pm due to coverage of Champions League football; its first true transmission was on ITV2 at 7.30pm. This was the first time in the programme's history that an episode was not first seen on the main ITV channel.
  • TV Times synopsis: The residents decide to join forces to save the street's trademark cobbles. Roy's comments upset Hayley.
  • Viewing Figures: ITV1 UK broadcast - 12,360,000 viewers (8th place - combined figure including repeat). ITV2 UK broadcast - 240,000 viewers (1st place for the channel)
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