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Thursday, 23 August 2018

When The Rovers Return almost became The Boozy Newt


News in this week is that Jenny Connor is set on making a few changes to the most iconic pub in soapland. Others have tried - and failed. Will Jenny be the one to make the difference?  Or should it stay as it is?

It will, of course, stay as it is (this fan hopes, anyway) and that's how it should be. You can't go changing things too much in soapland.

But back in 2000 The Rovers Return almost became The Boozy Newt.  Such was the outcry it made the front page of The Sun, as above. There was even an editorial about it in The Guardian. It went viral, well, as far as these things did go viral 18 years ago and ended up on the BBC website too.

From Corriepedia, with thanks: 

After two years running the pub with success, Natalie found she was pregnant by former Rovers' pot man Vinny Sorrell and, as Vinny had cheated on her before running off with her sister, decided to sell the Rovers and move, as she didn't want to be a single mother with a pub. 

Natalie's intention was to sell the Rovers to the Boozy Chain, who wanted to turn it into a theme pub called The Boozy Newt, but the locals objected and local businessmen Mike Baldwin, Fred Elliott and Duggie Ferguson formed a partnership and put in an offer which Natalie accepted, saving the pub in its current form.

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