Ken Barlow returned to Coronation Street on Wednesday night - but he raised concern amongst fans over his appearance.

The character, who is played by William Roache, came back to the cobbles as part of Norris Cole's death storyline.

In March, Ken moved out of Weatherfield and into a retirement home, but in recent episodes, he was contacted by Norris, who told him he had an announcement to make.

However when Ken and Rita prepared to visit Norris, they were informed by his partner Freda that he had passed away.

Later in the episode, they gather round a table in the Rovers and make a toast to Norris, while discussing his funeral plans.

Ken Barlow returned to the cobbles on Wednesday (

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But during the episode, Corrie fans couldn't help but talk about how different Ken looked.

One person wrote: "Ken seems really frail! #corrie"

"Ken has lost that much weight, that shirt will last longer #corrie" a second penned.

A third commented: "Bloody hell Ken Barlow looks old! #Corrie"

"Blimey, Ken is looking a bit gaunt #Corrie" a fourth added.

He made a return after Norris told him he had an announcement

Others complimented William on how much younger he is looking.

"How come Ken Barlow keeps getting younger?? #Corrie" one stated.

"Ken Barlow looks younger every episode I watch!" another shared.

Residents of Coronation Street will bid farewell to Norris next week but his funeral sparks a new row.

Next week, work is soon underway planning the former newsagent's funeral.

Norris' partner Freda is irritated when a typo is printed on Norris' order of service by local undertaker George Shuttleworth, leaving him horrified by the slip-up.

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Meanwhile, Gail Platt returns from Thailand, thrilling Audrey Roberts who is preparing to attend Norris' funeral.

However, the event itself proves to be incredibly eventful as the mourners gather in a church for Norris' funeral.

Rita Sullivan offers an emotional eulogy for her old friend Norris but then gets a shock when vicar Billy Mayhew reads out a letter left by the cheeky late Norris.

In the letter, Norris delivers moving words about both Freda and Mary, whilst also teasing a secret inside the paperboy statue outside of the Kabin.

Yet, the biggest turn of events occurs last of all as Norris outs that Rita had been secretly having her hair coloured by Claudia Colby and not Rita's close friend Audrey.

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Following the shock, Audrey turns on Rita for going to her frenemy instead of using her hair expertise.

After the funeral, the wake takes place for Norris but the event is disturbed by the continuing feuding between Audrey and Rita.

Following the drama, Norris’ friends Mary, Ken Barlow, Gail Platt and Brian Packham meet outside the Kabin to find out what Norris has left inside the paperboy statue.

Failing to get inside the statue, Mary goes away and comes back with a chainsaw to break open the statue - ultimately cutting off its head.

The extreme measures see the statue finally open but what exactly has Norris left inside for the street?

*Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.

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