Less than a year after they tied the knot, Lucy found out that Peter was in a bigamous marriage to Shelley Unwin, leading her to move to Australia and cut Peter out of four-month-old Simon's life. Five years later, she died from breast cancer and following her wishes, Simon was placed in Peter's care.
Lucy Richards was a florist who Peter Barlow met while buying a bouquet for Shelley Unwin. Instantly attracted to her, an affair began. Lucy, unbeknown to Peter, hired Tracy Barlow at the flower shop, revealing later to Tracy that she was pregnant. When an unaware Tracy informed Peter that her employer was pregnant, Peter realised that the child was his. Peter married Lucy while he was engaged to Shelley, but promised Lucy that it was over with the Rovers landlady; however, Lucy kicked him out when she found out the truth. Her son, Simon, was born in early July 2003, but at first Lucy didn't want Peter to be involved with him. The final showdown came in the Rovers with Shelley meeting Lucy, who went on to show her wedding photographs.
Lucy tricked Peter into thinking that they had a future together, but in front of the pub regulars, she announced she was moving to Australia with their son. Peter resigned himself to the fact he would never know Simon, and left Weatherfield soon afterwards.
On 24th October 2008, Peter rang his father Ken from Portsmouth to inform him that Lucy had died from breast cancer. Peter returned to Weatherfield a few days later with son Simon. He revealed that Lucy's dying wish was for the five-year-old to be with his father.
Katy Carmichael portrayed Lucy Richards (later Barlow) between September 2002 and November 2003. Five years later in November 2008, the character was killed off-screen. This was to enable the return to Coronation Street of the characters of Simon Barlow and his father Peter - Lucy's dying wish was to Simon to be raised by his father, however she expressed this off-screen as Carmichael did not reprise her role.
First and last lines
"Flippin' eck, that's all I need. Come on you stupid thing!" (First line, struggling to unlock her shop door)
"This is for Simon's sake. The other side of the world's hardly far enough but it's the best I can do. You know what really grieves me, Peter? I honestly did love you. We could've had the best life together... if only just for once you'd been a real man, instead of a sorry apology for one." (Final line)
List of addresses
|Weatherfield||unknown date to 7th November 2003|
|Australia||November 2003 to c.2007|
|Owner||Lucy's Florist||until November 2003|