28/02/2013 15:01 GMT

'Coronation Street' Stars Shobna Gulati And Natalie Gumede Bow Out Of The Soap (PICTURES)

'Coronation Street' stars Shobna Gulati and Natalie Gumede have shot their final scenes on the cobbles.

Shobna (Sunita Alahan) is quitting the ITV soap after eight years in the role to focus on writing comedy and it is thought that her character gets killed off when the Rovers Return goes up in flames.

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Shobna (Sunita Alahan) arrives for filming

Natalie leaves Coronation Street following her alter-ego Kirsty Soames' domestic violence storyline with Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall).

Shobna tweeted: "The saddest day my dearest friends who bring u the best entertainment and yet a true feeling of freedom love #corrie cast and crew."

Antony Cotton (Sean Tully) replied: "I am far away but I'm thinking of you. You will be missed by us all, on both sides of the camera. Love you x."


Simon Gregson, Shobna Gulati, John Michie out in Manchester for Natalie Gumede's leaving party

Meanwhile, Natalie posted a picture of the cobbles with the message: "Last time outside number 9."

Alan Halsall, who plays her abused former fiance, wrote: "Such a tough day. Saying goodbye to the amazingly talented @NatalieGumede well only at the cobbles. Nearly finished my scene then beers xxx."


Natalie Gumede after leaving Coronation Street

Alan's real wife Lucy-Jo Hudson wrote: "Thinking of my man @alanhalsall and his other bird @NatalieGumede today! It's their last day filming together #sad times xxx."

Catherine Tyldesley, who plays Eva Price, added: "I don't want @ShobnaGulati and @NatalieGumede to go. The cobbles are totes emosh today."