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Martha Longhurst
Coronation Street
Portrayed by Lynne Carol
Duration 1960-1964
First appearance 14 December 1960
Episode 2
Last appearance 13 May 1964
Episode 357
Created by Tony Warren
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Cause of death Died of Heart Attack in the Rovers Return Snug (13 May 1964)

'Martha Longhurst (née Hartley) was a fictional character on the UK television ITV soap opera Coronation Street. She was played by Lynne Carol from the show's inception in 1960 until her controversial death in 1964.[1]

Character Biography

In 1960 Martha and Ena Sharples argued over Martha's decision to take Ena's old job as the caretaker at the Mission Hall, and, in 1963, Martha became resident cleaner for the Rover's Return. In 1964, Australian millionaire Ted Ashley returned to Weatherfield for the first time in 50 years, and, in a last ditch pathetic attempt to find love, Martha threw herself at him, only to be rejected at a subsequent date in London. In May 1964, Martha was invited on her first foreign holiday abroad—a week-long trip to the Costa Del Sol with her daughter and family. Though she was invited so she could babysit her grandchildren, Martha was thrilled at the prospect (despite being chided as being frivolous by Ena), and, on the night before her departure, celebrated her holiday in the snug with friends Minnie and Ena. During the celebration, the Street residents gathered to wave off another long-time favourite, Frank Barlow. During a sing-a-long organised to bid him farewell, Martha collapsed and died of a heart attack, just hours before she was due to travel to Spain.

Beyond the Grave

The 1964 episode of her death, however, was not the last time Martha Longhurst featured in a Coronation Street storyline. Over 10 years after her death, Betty Turpin, barmaid at the Rovers Return, reported hearing a voice like Martha's in the snug. Ena Sharples claimed later in the storyline that she had seen the ghost of Martha Longhurst in the snug on several occasions. The residents used a ouija board to try and call Martha from beyond the grave. The storyline concluded with Martha's glasses being found in the Snug of the Rovers Return, in the exact position they were when they toppled off her face as she suffered a heart attack at the same table 10 years previously

References

  1. ^ Little, Daran (2000). 40 Years of Coronation Street. Granada Media. ISBN 0233998063.  
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