Judges of the award say Coronation Street helped establish Manchester and Salford’s place in British culture and played a big part in the success of Granada Television, now ITV Granada.
Warren, now 79, created Coronation Street 55 years ago. After clips of its early years were shown, he joked that he had been "haunted by those characters" for 50 years.
After being presented with the conference's inaugural achievement award trophy, he said the character that haunts him the most is Ena Sharples.
"I'm left wondering just what Ena would have made of this. She'd say, 'Oh yes, yes, very nice, very nice. One more ornament to dust. Not much dusting done in your house anyway.' "
He then went on to say about his award: "It puts me in mind of one thing and one thing only. I bet it's not occurred to you but it's occurred to me. This could be the last monument you see before the actual gravestone."
Up next the incredible Creator of Coronation Street, Tony Warren. Here's some of his work..#SIMF15 #corrie pic.twitter.com/C7llTjkt56— SalfordIntMediaFest (@Salford_Media) November 16, 2015
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