Friday, 30 June 2017

A Very Corrie send off

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Superfan Martyn Hett's funeral was held this morning in Stockport. As you know, Martyn was killed in the bombing at the arena in Manchester on May 22. The Evening Standard (and many other media outlets) have photos taken as mourners arrive for the funeral today. As I scrolled through them and saw the sendoff they gave him, my first thought was "oh bless him". Crowds of people gathered at Stockport Town Hall, with large video screens outside for the overflow.

Martyn was brought to the venue in a gorgeous white carriage pulled by two white horses. His coffin was uniquely Coronation Street themed with the face of his beloved cat, Emily Bishop on the front and the word "Iconic" on the lid. Several Coronation Street stars attended the funeral including Jennie McAlpine, Antony Cotton, Kym Marsh and producer Kate Oates.

This young man was a vibrant soul who loved life. He will be missed.




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Should Sinead and Chesney get back together again?


After the fall-out from Daniel's meltdown, Sinead moved out of the flat he shares with Adam, and back in with Chesney.  It's certainly looking like Sinead and Chesney might be getting back together again - but should they?

Is Sinead the right girl for Ches? Is Ches the right boy for her?

I don't think so.  She's too flighty for him, I feel, and he needs someone more reliable and solid.

But with the upcoming bloodbath in the Bistro next week in which Chesney gets stabbed and carted off to hospital, could things change between them, I wonder. And will Chesney in hospital bring out Sienad's more caring side?

It's all supposition at the moment but if these two get back together again, I'll be saddened to see it, for Chesney's sake more than Sinead's. He deserves someone better, someone who won't go running off again.

What do you reckon?

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Sally Lindsay confirms no Coronation Street return


Sally Lindsay, who played Shelley Unwin in Coronation Street, was interviewed on ITV's Good Morning this week.

Sally was on the show to promote her role in the new series of Mount Pleasant, and of course she was asked whether she was returning to Corrie in the future.

Her reply was this:  "I'd love to (go back in) but I'm afraid this year - no time. I love Corrie, it's great. It's like I'm putting it down but I'm not it's moved on. It's a juggernaut that moves on and it was wonderful being there and I've got lifelong friends from that but that was the past."

Earlier in the interview, she was asked: "You’ve done so many things, but it’s Coronation Street everyone insists on mentioning though."

And Sally said: "What do you do? After you walk those cobbles, that’s it. It’s been 13 years now and I’m still not going back! I’ve been in Mount Pleasant for longer than I was in Coronation Street."

Well, such is the power of Coronation Street that once you've been in it, you'll probably always be associated with it. And that can be no bad thing for anyone on TV.

Shame though, that she's not returning. I really like the actress and the character of Shelley was complex too.

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Where are they now? Corrie Icons of the 90s - Phil Middlemiss


Phil Middlemiss played the role of Des Barnes from 1990 to 1998 when his character was killed off.


Following his time on Coronation Street, Phil has appeared regularly on television, most notably in the part of David Buckley in the drama Where the Heart Is for six years from 2000. He also starred in Doctors, Cold Blood, Casualty, Silent Witness and The Last Detective.

For several years he was in a relationship with Alison King who later appeared in Coronation Street as Carla Connor although they have since split up.

In 2012 Phil was declared bankrupt after investing in an African film. The MEN have the story here.

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Martyn Hett's funeral takes place today


Anyone who would like to celebrate Martyn Hett's life is invited to his funeral today.

Martyn’s funeral service will be held at Stockport Town Hall from 12 noon, with the service commencing at 12.30pm.

A large turnout is anticipated, and the service will also be live screened outdoors on the plaza adjacent to the town hall, so that everyone who wants to can participate.

A statement released by Martyn’s family said: “As a family we wish to invite anybody who would like to attend to celebrate Martyn’s life. We respectfully ask for privacy once the service has concluded and that only people who have been formally invited attend both the cremation and wake, which will be family and close friends only.

“We would like to thank everybody who comes to join us on what will be a very emotional day for all involved with this tragic event.”

They have also asked for family flowers only, and requested that any memorial donations are given to children’s cancer charity Kidscan, Beechwood Children’s Bereavement Service, and Beacon Counselling.

To donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/MartynHett .





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Spot the Corrie prop - June 30th 2017

You all had two weeks to try to spot the last prop (sorry about that) but still nobody managed to guess that the DVD collection can be found in Peter & Toyah's flat. 

For this week's prop poser all you have to do is tell us whereabouts on Coronation Street you would find this Italian ice cream menu.






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Preview of tonight's double Coronation Street - Fri 30 June


FRIDAY 30TH JUNE
PHELAN’S SECRET COMES OUT Eileen’s suspicious of Phelan as he sets off for work, reminding him not to forget her driving test. At the builders’ yard, Phelan thanks his mate for supplying documents on Nicola Rubinstein. Nicola overhears and demands an explanation. Flustered Phelan explains that he’s trying to confirm his theory that he knew her parents. Nicola arranges a meeting between him and her dad in a park. But when Phelan realises the bench he’s sitting on is a memorial to Nicola’s dead parents, he wonders what she’s playing at. Back at the yard Nicola takes advantage of Phelan’s absence to rifle through his papers. What is the link between the pair?
AIDAN’S LEFT REELING As Eva lays her cards on the table, Aidan’s left to choose between the two women in his life.
GINA PUSHES ALL THE WRONG BUTTONS FOR TIM When Tim can’t find his tablet a sheepish Gina produces it and Tim’s annoyed to find she’s used up all his data. Gina tearfully admits to Sally she’s received a letter from her husband ending their marriage.
ELSEWHERE Via video call, Jude breaks the news to a devastated Mary that he and his family are staying in South Africa after all. As Gemma encourages Chesney to win back Sinead, Chesney warns Daniel that if he uses his recent collapse to try to gain Sinead’s sympathy, he won’t hesitate to shop him to the police. Will Daniel heed his warning? Robert finds Michelle chatting to Rich. He’s appalled when Rich takes him aside and demands Robert uses the Bistro to launder money for him.

FRIDAY 30TH JUNE
PHELAN HAS SOME TALKING TO DO Eileen and Nicola reel from Phelan’s bombshell as he explains the link between them.
GINA’S UP TO HER OLD TRICKS Gina uses Tim’s tablet to secretly purchase loads of shoes online.
ELSEWHERE When Robert refuses to launder Rich’s drugs money, Rich threatens to reveal a few home truths about Robert to Michelle. Robert slams Rich up against a wall and orders him never to come back. In a bid to woo Sinead, Chesney invites her to see an art-house film.

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