Maud Grimes (née Michaelson) was the cantankerous, wheelchair-bound mother of Maureen Webster. Maud helped Maureen and later Fred Elliott run the Corner Shop from 1994 to 1999 but hated her daughter's husband of the time, Reg Holdsworth.
Mother of two, Maud relied heavily on Maureen after the death of her husband Wilfred Grimes in the mid-1980s. Later, she was engaged to be married to Percy Sugden but he broke it off when he discovered that Maud had an affair during World War II with Danny Kennedy, an American soldier, and that Maureen was the resulting child of that relationship.
Maud had particular enmity for Maureen's bumbling husband Reg, and the feeling was mutual as Reg felt that having to care for Maud meant that Maureen couldn't have a life of her own. She supported Maureen through her divorce from Reg and later stayed on at the shop when Maureen moved to Germany with Bill Webster. In 1999, Fred Elliott sold the shop from under Maud, forcing her into retirement.
Maud lived at 7 Nightingale Street until 1997 when she went to live in Mayfield Court retirement home. She had a penchant for bizarre tea-cosy shaped hats, reading the tea leaves and other spirit-related skills.
First and last lines
"There's nowt like a man making a fool of himself to show a woman he's in love." (Final line, about Derek Heavey)