Thursday, 27 June 2013

New Regatta Clothing store at Daisy Nook

Mark with Graeme Hawley and Jennie McAlpine (the Stapes)
Opening this Saturday (29 June) is a new regatta clothing store at Daisy Nook Garden centre.  Selling men's, women's and children's clothing why not come along and see it?
We'll have music from Belle Vue Brass Band on Saturday and Sunday and the Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham will be coming along at 3pm on Saturday.

We also have an exhibition of my Corrie memorabilia, a history garden and a superb café!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

My Corrie collectables on show

For many years I've talked about Corrie to groups - and, as a frequent visitor to the studios, I've been given bits and bobs (supplemented by a few things bought from eBay) to use in the talks.  This collection grew and grew and eventually I couldn't cart it all around with me so it got put away in the attic.

Then, a few months ago, the people at Daisy Nook Garden Centre asked if I would like to lend them a few things to put on exhibition in an empty space they had.  Out it all came and before long we had a few glass cabinets full - so if you're in Manchester why not call in and visit this 'unofficial' collection of all things Corrie.  Amongst the exhibits are:
The sweatshirt worn by Roy Cropper in the live 40th anniversary episode with 'Save Our Street' on it.
Alec Gilroy's Sunliners uniform from the video filmed on the QE2
A brick from the very first outdoor set (68-82) - I think it was part of Hilda's house.
A roll of credits.
Maxine's handbag and script from the episode in which Richard Hillman killed her.
A copy of The Pathfinder, the picture in Barlow's hall.
The 1967 producer's dossier of storylines to shake up the show.
Some pictures and music from Jill Summer's (Phyllis) personal collection.
Some of Betty Drivers' sheet music.
Original 60's memorabilia including a mug, jigsaw, glasses etc.
A tray, used in the Rovers, signed by the whole cast.
The statuette Tracey killed Charlie with.
etc etc

They also sell lots of the official Corrie merchandise right next to it! - the website includes details on how to get there (it's about 6 miles from Manchester city centre).

Remember this is just a collection of Corrie things collected by me - it's NOT an official exhibition nor is it run by, or endorsed by, ITV.  There is no admission charge.

Coronation Street Walking Tours - bookings now being taken

Visiting Manchester?  Want to take a walk around the city with an experienced guide and hear all about Corrie?  Then this is for you!
Guide Jane Hodson, who has appeared in the soap herself, is available to take you on a personal tour.  You'll start at the luxury Midland Hotel at 10am and take a 3-4 hour tour which will take in many Corrie filming locations, and a walk past the Granada Studios complex where she'll show you the site of the original Corrie street set and the entrance to the area where the show is filmed today.  You'll see where Alf and Audrey married, where John  Stape fell from the hospital roof, where Molly and Kevin enjoyed their trysts, where Tony Gordon tried to drown Roy Cropper and much more - plus you'll hear the fascinating story of Manchester's history.  Then it's all aboard a tram to Salford Quays where Jane will finish by showing you where the new Corrie studios are being built, the BBC centre, and much more.  She'll bid farewell at the Lowry Outlet Mall with its shops and cafes!

This tour is for your group* so we charge £45 set fee for up to 4 people.  It doesn't run on set days - if you are interested please email with the date(s) you're in town and how many will be in your party and we'll email you back to let you know if Jane is free! 

*We reserve the right to combine groups if necessary.  You will be responsible for paying your own tram fare.
Please note that Granada Studios is not open to the public and therefore this tour doesn't visit the studios or the Coronation Street set.