Celebs line up for Flower Show

Coronation Street star Alison King

Coronation Street star Alison King

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Coronation Street star Alison King has joined the star line-up at the 2014 Southport Flower Show.

Alison, who plays Carla Barlow in the ITV soap, will bring some Weatherfield glamour to the seaside festival.

The actress has been at the centre of a string of major storylines since joining the Street more than seven years ago, most recently as a suspect in the death of Tina McIntyre.

Her acclaimed performances as unlucky-in-love businesswoman Carla have led critics to hail Alison as the new Elsie Tanner.

She will appear at Southport on Saturday, August 16.

The show will be opened on Thursday, August 14 by Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke with another Strictly favourite, actress Lisa Riley, is the star turn at Ladies Day on Friday, August 15.

TV baker Mich Turner will be passing on her cake design tips while gardeners and broadcasters Carol Klein and Christine Walkden will also be on hand to share their expertise.

Show patrons Professor David Bellamy OBE, Professor Stefan Buczacki, Sir Roddy Llewellyn, Matthew Wilson complete the celebrity cast at Southport 2014.

Alison said: “It will be my first visit to the Southport Flower Show but I have heard so much about it from friends and colleagues.

“I’m sure it will be a wonderful day out and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at the show.”

The 2014 line-up at Southport also features the Grand Floral Marquee with more than a million blooms on display, the North West Food Festival, amateur growers’ competitions and entertainment for all the family.

Southport Flower Show, which last year attracted 70,000 visitors, runs until Sunday, August 17.

Advance tickets: £17.

For more up to date information on the show, celebrity appearances, details and ticket bookings visit www.southportflowershow.co.uk