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Battle-axe Blanche's best put-downs

Scene from Coronation Street

Coronation Street actress Maggie Jones has died at the age of 75. Best known for playing Weatherfield's best-loved battle-axe Blanche Hunt, the character was known for her brutal honesty and withering put-downs. Here are a few of her finest...

Blanche's views on Postman Pat...

'Early in the morning, when the day is dawning...' Your real Postman Pat rolls up about noon wearing a pair of shorts and his breakfast. And if he's not chucking elastic bands like confetti, he'll be rifling through your birthday cards.

... at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting
I've never heard such self-indulgent whinging in all my life. Is there some correlation between how boring you are and how much you drink?

... speaking to daughter Deirdre Barlow
Good looks are a curse, Deirdre. You and Kenneth should count yourselves lucky.

... on Eileen's father Colin Grimshaw
I'd cut off his whatnots wi' a pair of garden shears, me. The rustier the better.

... on current Rovers Return landlady Liz McDonald
Skirt no bigger than a belt, too much eyeliner, and roots as dark as her soul.

... on cafe owner Roy Cropper
He looks like he should be crayoning summat.


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