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Corrie cobbles pave the way

Recently, the nation has been moved to tears with the plight of Hayley and Roy, played by actors Julie Hesmondhalgh and David Neilson. The character, Hayley first appeared on our screens in 1998 as Roy’s love interest. It was confirmed by Hayley that she was born a male named Harold and was about to have surgery to become female. This was the first time a transgender character appeared in a British soap opera. Well before the Civil Partnership Act 2004 created rights for same sex couples to form a civil partnership, Hayley and Roy were pushing boundaries by having their own blessing in the soap. The story line was so powerful it was discussed in Parliament and paved the way for changing attitudes to discrimination across the country. In December 2005 the first civil ceremony for same sex couples took place in the UK after a significant change in the law. Hayley and Roy further cemented their relationship by having a legal civil ceremony once the law was changed. But, not before Roy divorced Tracey Barlow whom he had married to gain parental responsibility to their unborn child, who in fact turned out to be the biological daughter of Steve McDonald. Hayley and Roy warmed our hearts for over 12 years. The sad news that Hayley was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer was a shock to all Corrie fans. We all watched as the illness took hold until Hayley decided to take her own life. This has provoked yet another national debate on assisted suicide, which is still a criminal offence in the UK. One thing is for certain. Hayley had all her affairs in order. She made her last Will and Testament, planned her own funeral and said her last goodbyes to everyone she cared for. At Atherton Godfrey we do not judge people. We listen, we care and we offer quality advice. Whatever your circumstances we can provide the legal help you need.  

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