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Behind-the-scenes look on Corrie tour

ROVERS RETURN: Rachel outside the Streets famous pub

ROVERS RETURN: Rachel outside the Streets famous pub

They are perhaps the most famous cobbles in the world, all 11,101 of them.

And, ahead of the new Coronation Steet tour opening its doors to the public today, the LEP had an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at what visitors can expect.

For more than 50 years the filming of Britain’s best-loved soap took place at Granada Studios on Quay Street, Manchester.

But now, Corrie has moved to its spiritual home - the street is, after all, based on a Salford street - to MedaCityUK at Salford Quays.

For six months only fans of the UK institution can get a glimpse of the old Quay Street sets.

The 35 guides, recruited from in and around the Greater Manchester area, have been given four weeks of intensive training.

Showing me around were Martin and Dora, who said: “We have been learning a brilliant script written by Coronation Street scriptwriter, Tim Randall, and we spent time with acting teachers from Salford University to learn all about voice projection and storytelling - it’s been great. 
“Now we’re armed with all kinds of facts and gossip to pass on to the visitors when they get here, I can’t wait.”

Walking into the iconic Stage One studio, having already visited the “Corridor of Stars” where long serving cast members had their dressing rooms and the wardrobe and make-up department, there is such a sense of history that it seems sad that in just six short months, most of it will no longer exist.

My professionalism slipped slightly as I took in the in sets of Carla’s former flat, the Platt’s home and the instantly recognisable Rovers Return.

Well, I couldn’t NOT have my picture taken behind the bar, could I?

A wealth of archive material from the long-running drama has been taken out of storage; Deidre’s glasses, familiar costumes, murder weapons and coffins of fan-favourites Hayley Cropper and Fred Elliot.

But the piece-de-resistance appears through the doors of Nick’s Bistro. Because beyond those doors lie the cobbles, and once I was in I didn’t want to leave.

Visitors to the tour will spend 45 minutes taking in the exhibits and sets but when they get onto the street itself, their time is their own to peek through windows, take a snap outside the Rovers or call on Roy for one of his rolls.

And I did all three - I did say it’s only here for a limited time!

For more information about the touw go online at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Coronation-Street-the-Tour-tickets

Do you have fond memories of Coronation Street? Tell us about them: lep.newsdesk@lep.co.uk

 

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