Monday, 13 April 2015

Schmeichel, Ozzy and Eccles at Coronation Street Tour

In celebration of National Pet Month three of Corrie’s pet pooches will be making an appearance at Coronation Street The Tour.

On Thursday 16th April, between 1pm and 5pm, guests to the visitor attraction will be able to meet and have a picture taken with Chesney’s Great Dane Schmeichel, Maria’s Labrador Ozzy and the Barlows' Border Terrier Eccles.

The pets’ handlers Anne and Clive Hunt, owners of Animal Capers, will be accompanying the loveable Corrie canines to the tour to answer questions and offer advice on being a responsible pet owner.

Michael Bellingham, Chairman of National Pet Month said: “National Pet Month: April 1 – May 4 provides us with a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the fantastic impact pets can have on our lives, to promote the importance of responsible pet ownership and to raise cash for the UK’s wonderful pet charities. Pets help to enrich and enhance our communities in so many ways and it’s great to see that reflected in popular dramas like Coronation Street.

“We’re delighted to hear that the Corrie pets will be treading the cobbles during National Pet Month. What a wonderful added bonus for fans visiting Coronation Street The Tour!”

The character of Schmeichel was played by four different Great Danes, the final animal actor to play the role was also called Schmeichel and was the grandson of Spike, the third dog to play Chesney’s beloved pet. It is this Schmeichel who will be returning to the Quay Street studios after filming his final scenes back in 2011.

Both Ozzy and Eccles still appear on the screen and will be taking a break from filming to pay a visit to the former Coronation Street set.

Coronation Street The Tour General Manager Andy Begg said: “Personal appearances at the tour have always proved very popular and I am sure that a visit from some of Coronation Street’s most loved pets will prove no exception. It is great that we can show our support and help raise awareness of National Pet Month whilst also enhancing our visitors’ experience.”

Tickets to Coronation Street The Tour can be booked online here. .

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