Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden), a long-time fan favorite on Coronation Street, is set to die in upcoming scenes, leaving Weatherfield residents devastated. However, a feud amongst characters over Norris’ burial arrangements would soon explode. Will Norris, who has been a part of the ITV serial for nearly three decades, be given the proper send-off?
When Ken Barlow (William Roache) discovers that his close friend Norris has died of a suspected stroke, he is distraught.
Ken and Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox) are intrigued when Ken tells her that Norris wants to meet up because he has some important news in scenes that will air next week.
They are shocked, however, to learn from Freda Burgess (Ali Briggs) that Norris has passed out and has been taken to the hospital with a suspected stroke.
Later, Ken, Rita, and Mary Taylor (Patti Clare) arrive at the hospital to be greeted by Freda, who informs them that Norris passed away half an hour earlier.
Ken then discloses that Norris wanted to share some important news with him, and the Rovers subsequently raise a glass in his honor.
However, as Claudia Colby (Rula Lenska) arrives, Mary and Freda begin to argue over Norris’ funeral arrangements, making his death even more difficult.
When they begin debating the ideal location for Norris’ funeral, Rita interjects, claiming that he would have chosen the street.
As the debate over Norris’ burial heats up, Mary announces her resignation and orders Freda to handle the arrangements herself.
Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) is anxious that Norris’ funeral will conflict with her son Aled’s upcoming surgery.
Later, she must inform Freda that she will be unable to attend the burial.
Freda cautions Gemma that giving Aled cochlear implants will change his identity, but the protective mother assures her that this is not the case.
Will Freda receive any assistance in planning Norris’ funeral next week, and will she be able to hold the wake in the street as she had hoped?