Sunday, 30 April 2017

We need YOU for Coronation Street Blog 10th birthday

Corrie fans, we need you!

In December this year, December 7th to be exact - which is two days before Coronation Street's 57th birthday - we celebrate our 10th anniversary here on the Coronation Street Blog.  Our website went live on December 7th 2007.

And this is where we're hoping you might help us.

We would like your ideas and suggestions of things we could do to celebrate our 10th year online.

One suggestion so far is to have a sponsored blog-a-thon, with any money raised being donated to the charities we have supported throughout the years.

If you can think of anything we could do that would involve Corrie fans who read and post to the blog, please let us know, we're open to all your ideas.

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Review: Coronation Street Blog's Manchester meet-up

Our Coronation Street Blog team met up in Manchester on Friday 28 April, and what a day we had.  We met in Annie's restaurant, owned by Corrie's Fiz (Jennie McAlpine and her husband Chris Farr) and they really pushed the boat out for us with an arrangement of fantastic Coronation Street themed cup cakes, as you can see below.




Over coffee and cakes inside the snug at Annie's, we had a very special Corrie insider come to talk to us.  I won't say who it was and I won't say what they told us, but I will say it was a fantastic opportunity to find out more about our favourite show.  We could have listened to the talk all day, but sadly, we only had an hour of their time before our mini-bus came to collect us and whisk us away on our next adventure.

Half an hour from Manchester city centre, we were dropped at the Daisy Nook garden centre in Failsworth. And if you're wondering what a group of Corrie fans are doing at a garden centre, well, I'll tell you. One of the owners of Daisy Nook is a chap called Mark Llewellyn who is a friend of the Blog and a smashing bloke. He is "Mr Corrie" and knows more about the stars of the show than most.  Mark gave us a fantastic talk on the origins of the show, from Granada and Tony Warren through to classic characters and actors such as the late Jill Summers who played Phyllis Pearce. 

Mark also showed us some props from the show that have never been seen in public before.  It was a brilliant afternoon and we all went away absolutely buzzing with information and insights into our faovurite show.  

Not all of our team could make the day, sadly, but we did welcome two new bloggers - Sophie and Michael - who hadn't joined us on a blog meet-up before.  And before we got on the mini-bus to take us back to the centre of Manchester, Mark kindly took a team photo, so here we are in all our glory, as follows:

Left to right we are:

Emma Hynes, Pickled Jo, David Bridgman, Michael Adams, Martin Leay, Jonny Grimshaw (Corrie extra and Tour Guide), Glenda Young, Jordan's (non-blogging) friend, Sophie Williams, Barry Smith, Jordan Lloyd and Sophie's mum!

It was a fantastic day out and our thanks go to Annie's Manchester, to our special Corrie insider for his warmth and generosity with his time and his insights, to Mark Llewellyn and to the staff at Daisy Nook for a smashing lunch too!

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Spot the Corrie prop - April 30th 2017

Congratulations this week go to Joanne, who was the first to correctly spot that last week's pile of books can be found in Nick and Leanne's flat.

For this week's prop poser all you have to do is tell us whereabouts on the Coronation Street set you would find this drinks dispenser.





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Jane Danson on being overwhelmed by Corrie fame

Jane Danson, who plays Coronation Street's Leanne Battersby, gives a good, long interview in today's Daily Mirror.  In July this year Jane will be celebrating her 20th anniversary of playing Leanne in Corrie and she's nominated in this year's Soap Awards too.  Voted yet? Find out more here!

She tells The Mirror that when she first joined Coronation Street, she was so terrified of the fame it brought her that she couldn’t leave her house for a year

Even today Jane admits she can still get “overwhelmed” when she realises how famous she is.  

Jane says: “It’s really weird thinking it’s been 20 years. My contract was initially for three months - I never expected the Battersbys to be so big. In fact a Teletext poll when we joined said 97% of viewers wanted Corrie to get rid of us!”
 
And she said she feels specially honoured to be nominated­ again in her anniversary­ year and incredibly­ lucky to have spent 20 years working with legends like Bill, Barbara, Sally Dynevor, as well as Georgia Taylor, her sister Toyah, and Chris Gascoyne and Ben Price who play her two husbands, Peter Barlow and Nick Tilsley.

“When I first heard Leanne was going to be working with Rita (Barbara) in the Kabin, I was like “Oh my God” smiles Jane. “I was determined to show her I wasn’t just some kid messing about. And Bill is just awesome. He never drops a line and he’s so kind. Sally is an inspiration­ and Helen Worth always tells us to just say if we are upset about anything.”

You can read the full interview here.

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5 things we learned in Corrie this week

It's been a busy old week in Weatherfield this week. Let's have a look at some of the things we learned this week that we didn't know this time last week.

1. The house next door to Jamila Court has three bedrooms and rents for £800 a month.  Now then... if that flat is up for rent it means that someone owns it, but who? Enquring minds need to know.  Sarah also called it a 'flat', not a house, and yes, it's possible that it's two flats sharing one front door. 

And as spotted by our blogger Chewy, who is on twitter @WeatherfieldRec the house next door to the one viewed by Gary and Sarah is also up for sale.  Even more new residents moving in, perhaps?


2. Billy has a god-daughter called Summer, an ex-fella called Drew... and the best bit of all, a rainbow umbrella.


3. Teddy one-eye lives and breathes and can hide £200 in his pants.


4. Fluffy-headed Rosie Webster is the new Columbo, hunting down and confronting Leah, the person she thinks is Sally's stalker. 


5. And finally, Tracy Barlow is pregnant. Well, OK, we didn't learn that, and there's no evidence to suggest that she is except for Soap Rule 178, sub-section (a), part (iv), wherein anyone who sleeps with anyone else will end up in the pudding club. Let's hope it comes to pass. A murderer carrying another murderer's child!


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Corrie actress gets married - in fab Doc Marten boots


Ooh, I do love a nice story on a Sunday morning and they don't come much nicer than a wedding. 

Pic copyright: The Mirror / Steve Bainbridge
Melanie Hill, who plays Cathy Matthews in Coronation Street, got married yesterday to her partner Jim Daly. 

The wedding took place in a pub in Muswell Hill, North London. And to compplete her wedding outfit, Melanine wore white Doc Marten boots with red hearts on them.

We've found the boots here!  > Dr. Martens Women Bentley II Hrt Chukka Boots, White (White/Heart Red Venice/Smooth),


The Mirror reports that around 30 guests watched the couple exchange vows. None of the Corrie cast were spotted at the event.


Melanie's first husband was actor Sean Bean.

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