Thursday, 1 September 2016

Fan review: Corrie on Tour exhibition at Glasgow SECC

Yesterday, blogger Sunny Jim and I set off at the crack of half-past daft in the morning (it was 4.15am when the alarm went off) to set off on three train rides to Glasgow.  We were heading there for the press day of the Corrie on Tour exhibition at Glasgow SECC.  Kept awake with coffee, three trains and some hours later, we arrived at our destination. Were we excited? Oh yes, just a bit!

Corrie on Tour is the first time, ever in its history, that Coronation Street sets have left Manchester. Glasgow is the first stop for fans to see some of the sets, props and costumes used on the show and hopefully Belfast will be next.  In excess of 20 articulated lorries transported the sets, props and memorabilia around the country.  So, what did we think of it all?

Well, I don't want to reveal too much and give away too many surprises from the event but I hope to give a flavour of what you can expect. 

First off, when you go in there's a welcome film showcased by your virtual tour guide Alison King, who played Carla Connor in Corrie.  At first, I thought it was going to be the same film that had been shown at the Manchester Corrie tour but it's not, it's brand new. And immediately, you know that you're somewhere different to Manchester, that this is going to be a totally different experience to anything else you've ever seen before.  You're in Glasgow. You're in a big white dome. You've got Alison King as your tour guide. Toto, we're not in Weatherfield any more.

The film is great and really positions you within the heart of Coronation Street's history.  It is a wrap-around experience, shown on three walls and I wasn't sure where to look first as there's so much to see. Sunny Jim was pointing out characters to me while I was looking at a different wall and so I missed a few things, as did he. It's a film I'd love to have been able to watch a second time, and a third, to see it all. Hopefully on the guided tours, this will be possible for fans as there's such a lot in the film to see.

With Alison King as your guide, she beams out from every set inside the big dome, telling you about each set that they have. As the tour guide, Alison is assisted by the non-virtual and very real tour hosts, a group of team members at the Corrie on Tour set. At each set there are also short clips from the history of the show telling you about the inhabitants of each property.  There are exhibitions of some props - and many are new to those that were on show in Manchester.  There's a few costumes on display too.

Walking around inside the big white dome looking at the Corrie sets and props, watching the films and clips, taking photos outside the replica Rovers Return, is all a bit surreal.  You have to keep reminding yourself you're in Glasgow, in a dome, in a car park at the SECC. It all seems so familiar, as if Hilda Ogden herself could pop out of the Rovers at any moment, and yet... if she did, you know she'd have a Scottish accent.

There's even a section of the cobbles from Quay Street, which are locked away in a box.  Outside of the replica Rovers Return is a strip of cobbles which has been made from a cast of the original Quay Street cobbles too.  We also found out, exclusively from ITV, that the cobbles at Quay Street have all been dug up now. Where have they gone? Ah, that's another blog post! 
Mr Coronation Street - Craig Laurenson, Duty Manager at Corrie on Tour
He's on twitter @craig247
One of the absolute joys of yesterday was unexpectedly meeting up with our old blogger Craig Laurenson.  Craig used to blog for us while he was a student at Uni and he is a huge Corrie fan. Guess what he's doing now? He's the Duty Manager for Corrie on Tour!  Craig is working in his ideal job as he is so knowledgeable about Corrie, professional and friendly too. Corrie on Tour is very lucky to have him heading up operations there in Glasgow.  

All in all, it was a grand day out for Corrie fans. If you're a Coronation Street fan, I know that you'll go and I hope that you'll enjoy it as much as we did.

I've created a flickr album of all of our photos from yesterday's visit and if you'd like to see them, they're here.  There are also pictures on our twitter feed here.

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Gilles27 said...

On a couple of the press articles about this it says "have a pint in the Rovers". Can you actually have a drink in the Rovers or not? Is it like the Quay Street tour where you could pose for a photo behind the bar, but not have a drink, or is it like the Rovers in Madame Tussaud's in Blackpool where you can actually order a pint?

Anonymous said...

This looks so good. Any chance they could pop over to Wales?

Sunny Jim said...

Unfortunately it's not possible to get a drink in The Rovers otherwise I'd have had a few pints of Wilmslow Gold and staggered down the cobbles. It is possible to have your picture taken behind the bar though, just like at the old Studio Tour.

Gilles27 said...

OK. Thanks. I wonder if they'll do a similar thing at Christmas as the Quay Street site. You could go in the evening for a Christmas Party and the Rovers bar did serve booze. There were also mini hotpots available and a disco in the knicker factory - quite surreal!

Tvor said...

Fantastic! Well worth getting up at stupid o'clock in the morning. Excellent pics, too!

maggie muggins said...

What fun! Thanks for all the great photos.

Anonymous said...

Could you tell if that was a breadmaker or a chip fryer on Gail's kitchen counter? I have always wondered, as I have never seen it being used.

maggie muggins said...

Anon. 21:23 - I always think breadmaker, but would like to know too. I'll get my anorak.

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