CORONATION Street fans were in tears as Roy Cropper paid tribute to his late wife Hayley.
The heartbreaking scenes came as Roy, played by David Neilson, kept a vigil by his niece Nina’s bedside.
Corrie fans were touched by Roy’s tribute to his late wife Hayley[/caption]
Nina (Mollie Gallagher) was hooked up to monitors after emergency surgery for a bleed on her brain, following a brutal attack on her and her boyfriend Seb.
Chatting to Nina as she lay unconscious, Roy’s thoughts played back to Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh), who died following a battle with cancer in 2014.
Roy told his niece: “I was rather taken with the note you left in the cafe… ‘love and kisses’.
“A throw away I know, not fully intended to convey a true state of feeling, but nonetheless, neither of us are particularly comfortable expressing our feelings for each other.”
His words came as he held a vigil by his niece Nina’s hospital bedside[/caption]
He continued, referring to Kevin’s earlier stag do: “I felt a little adrift at Kevin’s celebrations.
“My mind naturally wandered to Hayley, she is with me most the time. But tonight, probably due to Kevin and Abi’s upcoming nuptials, my thoughts strayed to our own wedding… happy days.”
Roy continued: “I’ve never been particularly social till I met Hayley, much preferred my own company. After Hayley, I didn’t enjoy being on my own much.
“I’ve had a number of house guests since. On the whole, I’ve enjoyed their company but inevitably they leave after they’ve repaired, recovered, recuperated, they leave.
Roy was married to Hayley but she died after a battle with cancer[/caption]
“And after they do, the silence of the evening can be a little overwhelming. Of course I’m very fortunate, more fortunate than others.
“I like to think that I’ve got a number of good friends in my life, but not family, I don’t have family – other than you.”
Summing up his feelings, he told Nina: “If you can forgive me, I give you my word, that I’ll never let you down again and I will look after you to the best of my ability.”
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And for some viewers, Roy’s emotional words were too much to handle.
“#Corrie @itvcorrie ah Roy, stop. I’m in bits,” said one.
Another wrote on Twitter: “roy talking to nina has my heart #corrie.”
A viewer added: “Roy’s monologue had me in tears.”
A fourth commented: “These scenes with Roy are heartbreaking. #Corrie.”