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'Coronation Street': Rita Sullivan becomes Mrs Tanner

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Coronation Street favourite Rita Sullivan has officially become Mrs Tanner in the soap's special Diamond Jubilee episodes.

As first tipped in April, Rita (Barbara Knox) turned up for her wedding in a police car after being kidnapped on her big day.

Coronation Street - Rita's Wedding; On-set pictures - Rita arrives in a police car

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In the build-up to the happy ceremony, Rita found herself embroiled in ruthless loan shark Rick Neelan's sinister world when he took her hostage.

Rick needed leverage over Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) ahead of a tense showdown with her by the canal, keen to teach the barmaid a lesson for jeopardising his latest drugs deal.

The drama that followed saw Rick threaten to throw Rita into the water unless Tina co-operated with him.

Although she was forced to hand back an expensive supply of drugs which she had seized from the garage, Tina enjoyed the last laugh when police arrived at the scene to arrest Rick, bringing their storyline to a close.

Rick opens the car door to reveal he has Rita in there. Tina is stunned as he threatens to drive Rita into the canal if Tina doesn't return the drugs to Tommy. Rita is not afraid and demands to know whats going on. Tina is encouraged by Rita's bravado and gets ready to set fire to the drugs unless Rick releases Rita

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Later, Rita arrived at the registry office safe and well, just in time to exchange her vows with fiancé Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie).

Dennis told her: "I offer myself to you with all my faults and strengths. I will help you when you need help, and turn to you when I need help. And I promise to love you and care for you as long as we both shall live."

Meanwhile, Rita said: "I offer you not the summer of my life, but the autumn - warm and mellow. And I pledge you compassion in good times and bad, and I promise to love you and care for you as long as we both shall live."

After being pronounced husband and wife, Dennis and Rita headed back to Coronation Street, where a Jubilee street party was well under way.

The Coronation Street residents gather round the table to celebrate the Queen's jubliee

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Although Sean Tully hailed her as the street's very own Queen, Rita told the local residents in a speech: "Oh no, just Queen for today. Now I've got the title that I've always wanted, never thought I'd have - so I'm quite happy to be Mrs Dennis Tanner.

"Some of you may not know that Dennis and I met right there in The Rovers in 1964, and we were very happy 'till one day he said, 'I'm going to go for a newspaper'. Took him 40 years to find that Kabin! I'm glad he did. We're very happy and thank you all."

In a change to the usual schedule, Coronation Street will continue on Wednesday evening (June 6) as fans discover whether it really is the end for Tina and Tommy following the recent turmoil in their relationship. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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