CORONATION Street love rat Gary Windass is spotted enjoying a lunch with secret lover Nicola Rubinstein as their romance blossoms on the cobbles.
New teaser images for an upcoming episode of the ITV soap, however, show the builder very much alive and well and continuing to do the dirty on Sarah-Louise Platt.
His passion with evil Pat Phelan’s daughter, Nicola (Nicola Thorp), was first sparked during a drunken snog.
Yet since then, it has bubbled over to a full affair.
The flame-haired hunk can be seen arriving at a cute pub where he greets a pal with a hug.
The venue is decked out in fairy lights and tinsel, suggesting the action will be aired some time around Christmas.
Meanwhile, dressed in a blue jacket, he makes his way inside to find Nicola sat at a window table.
She looks smart in a grey suit jacket and white blouse and the pair enjoy a giggle as they order pots of tea.
Yet later, the discussion seems to take a more awkward turn.
Gary is seen with a serious expression on his face and rubbing his mouth in concern as Nicola’s eyes are glued to a document on the table.
She then seems panic-stricken as she realises they could be spotted through the glass and darts a glance outside.
They could well be chatting about Nicola’s pregnancy – after yesterday we reported she is expecting Gary’s second child – and her thug dad knows the secret.
Meanwhile, yesterday The Sun exclusively reported the character’s shock exit.
A TV source said: “Gary’s family are devastated after they’re told of his tragic death.
“Gary’s mum Anna is told that he was killed driving a diplomat whose car was ambushed, blown up and there are ‘no survivors.’
“Sarah is inconsolable when she’s told of his passing and everyone is desperate for more information from the foreign office to find out exactly what’s happened.
“The storyline reaches a climatic point towards the end of this year – with Sarah once again left heartbroken.”
Meanwhile, the news will also come as a shock to Pat Phelan’s daughter Nicola Rubenstein, who’s currently pregnant with Gary’s baby.
Nicola and Gary recently slept together after a few drinks and both are keen to consign their liaison to the past – but when Nicola makes her discovery, that looks set to be pretty difficult.
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