Coronation Street airs Freddie Smith's final scenes next week as he makes a low-key departure from the show.
Word recently leaked out that Derek Griffiths had quit the role after just a year, and viewers have since seen Freddie announce that he's thinking of retiring to go travelling.
Earlier this week, Freddie told Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) about his plans in a bid to solve his boss's financial problems, pointing out that things would be easier with him off the payroll at the garage.
Although Kevin stubbornly refused to entertain the idea, it seems that Freddie's mind is already made up and next week's episodes see him wave goodbye to the Street.
Before Freddie goes, there's unfinished business between him and Rita Tanner (Barbara Knox) after their recent fruit machine disagreement.
When Freddie pops over to The Kabin and invites Rita to his farewell drinks, she snubs his olive branch and refuses to go.
Not giving up so easily, Freddie persists with his attempts to make amends with Rita before departing the Street.
Former children's TV star Derek has been playing Freddie since March 2016, when his character was introduced as an unlikely new friend for Kylie Platt.
A Corrie insider recently told Digital Spy that Derek chose to bow out from the show of his own accord at the end of his contract.
The actor has always taken on a variety of roles throughout his career and he's wasted no time in landing his next part, joining a stage production of Driving Miss Daisy.
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.
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