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Take a classic Corrie trip down memory lane

VISIT: Mark Llewellin will lead a tour at the Coronation Street set.

A new event in the Willow Wood Hospice calendar is a full day Classic Coronation Street Tour.

Coming up on Sunday 5 June, the tour will be hosted by vice-chair of the Board of Trustees and acknowledged expert on all things Corrie, Mark Llewellin.

The trip will provide a fascinating insight into the classic days of the programme. In addition to a 90-minute visit to the Coronation Street outdoor set, the trip will also include a coach tour round some famous locations such as the Red Rec Park and Weatherfield Church.

It will be a real trip down memory lane, as Mark will take Corrie fans back to the golden days sharing the story of how creator Tony Warren came up with the idea of his fictional street, how he persuaded Granada TV bosses to put it on air, through to how the show is made today. If you’ve ever heard Mark speak at one of his famous afternoon teas or giving an after-dinner speech, you’ll know you are in for a treat. 

Mark said: “There’ll be backstage gossip, history, details of how filming happens and how the episodes are put together.  

“We’ll be having lots of laughs along the way with tales of the iconic stars - Jack and Vera, Bet and Alec, and Ena, Martha and Minnie amongst them.

“I have to pass my thanks to Roberts Travel of Oldham who are our sponsors of the event.

“Their generosity means that we can offer this wonderful full day trip for just £40 – and when you consider that entrance to the Studio Tour alone is £35, you’ll realise what good value it is.

“I’m really looking forward to sharing my stories with Willow Wood’s supporters and I’m sure it will be a unique day out.  

“It’s very appropriate for the jubilee weekend - the Queen is probably the most famous person to walk the cobbles so we’ll be tracing her steps too.”

The coach will depart from Willow Wood Hospice at 9am returning at around 5.30pm, so it really will be a full and fun-packed day.

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