Over Corrie's 50 year history, many characters have left without a trace, with most people not even knowing its was the character's last appearance. Let's take a look at some of the recent characters that have disappeared off the face of Coronation Street.
1. Pam Hobsworth - Last Appearance 17th December 2010
Pam Hobsworth, or "Auntie Pam" as we all call her, first appeared in 2008 as a sidekick to Molly. When Molly died in the tram crash, we all felt the end was near for Auntie Pam and alas, her last appearence was at Molly's funeral. Last we have heard is that Bill & Pam have gone travelling, so it is probably the last we will see of this character.
2. Tom Kerrigan - Last Appearance 24th April 2009
Tom first arrived in February 2008 for Liam's stag party, and returned in June as a full time character. He was known for being a bit of a moaner and held a candle for Liam's wife Maria. He was last seen kissing Kelly Crabtree in the Rovers ginnel after having a row with Maria and Tony. Philip McGinley, the actor who played Tom, was reportedly axed in March 2009 and there's a 99.9% chance he won't be back.
3. Ted Page - Last Appearance 29th January 2010
Ted was brought in as Gail's father in 2008, and turned out to be gay. However, the character didn't have much longevity, and after giving Joe McIntyre money for pills, he was never seen again, with no confirmation of axing.
4. Minnie Chandra - Last Appearance 26th October 2009
Minnie was a bubbly character and was brought in as a friend for Amber Alahan. She worked in the kebab shop and was mistaken for having an affair with Tyrone Dobbs. It was reported she was cast to reflect Manchester's ethnic background, however the character had no longevity and was last seen giving Tyrone Dobbs a driving lesson, never to be seen again.
5. Connie Rathbone - Last Appearance 20th December 2010
Originally cast as a friend for Jack, he eventually ended up living with her, however he moves back when he finds out he is terminally ill. When Jack died, she served no purpose on the Street anymore and had her last appearance in the Kabin, telling Rita and the customers that Jack has died.
6. Len Windass - Last Appearence 14th August 2009
Brought into the show as part of the Windass clan, Len appeared sporadically for 8 months. Although he has been mentioned since, he last appearance was on the street when Joe got arrested. He was never seen again, although his character was used for his brother Eddie's exit plot.
7. Doreen Fenwick - Last Appearence 20th December 2007
A feisty character, pensioner Doreen originally appeared as a former exotic dancer and a friend of Rita's and was known for getting proposed to three times in one day. She was last seen when she rejected Norris' marriage proposal. She was mentioned on the 6th December 2010 when Rita was going to meet her in town, but had to cancel because of illness.
8. Wilf Morton - Last Appearence 5th October 2007
Appearing as part of the Morton clan, he appeared only sporadically and is only remembered for posting a fake obitiuary, with many thinking he was actually dead when he was well alive. He suddenly stopped appearing in October 2007 and left without a trace, and was never mentioned by the Morton clan again.
Can you think of any other Coronation Street characters that have disappeared without a trace?