Friday, 31 October 2014

Tracy's wedding location

Here's where Rob and Tracy's wedding was filmed - Capesthorne Hall near Macclesfield in Cheshire.

As far as I'm aware it's the first time it's been used as a Corrie location - though I could be wrong.

Behind bars - on Corrie

Here's the answer to that popular question - what's inside the shells of the houses on the Corrie set.  Well, this is the inside of the Rovers Return at the new Salford studios.

Daisy Nook's Christmas Look

The entrance and start of Daisy Nook's royal themed displays - here we have Balmoral

The castle entrance

The purples and silvers of the Throne Room

Santa's sleigh

Santa in his house preparing for the big night

The entrance to our 'Downton Abbey' section

The Flower Market

The Food Market

Jennie's in a pickle

Fiz (aka the divine and heavily pregnant Jennie McAlpine) launched her range of Annies pickles, jams and sweets at Daisy Nook this week ... and they went down a storm!

A great Christmas gift - or a treat for yourself!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Christmas is Coming

Just some of the Christmas events at Daisy Nook this season:

Wed 29 Oct 6.30-9pm
Join us as we launch our Royal themed Christmas displays.  Meet the live owls!  Meet Corrie's Fiz! 10% off just about everything in store.  Free drink and cake for each customer*
*First come, first served basis.

Sat 8 and Sun 9 Nov
Best of British Weekend
Loads of things going on - all free!  We just ask that you donate something to our charity of the month - Help For Heroes.  Activities include: Climb aboard  a vintage bus, watch the clog dancing, meet the British Lion, meet 'Del Boy' and have a picture with the Reliant Robin plus talks on gardening and Coronation St + get loads of advice from our Christmas designer.

Thur 13 Nov
Flower Arranging Night 7pm
Join Kathleen Williams as she shows you all the tricks of the trade needed to create something fantastic for your home.  Tickets cost £3 in aid of Guide Dogs.
After the demo take some time to do a spot of shopping.

Sun 16 Nov
Meet Queen Victoria.
The official royal lookalike from Osborne House will be in store throughout the afternoon.

Weekends in December - we welcome a changing programme of bands and choirs.

Around Manchester

Another of my pictures of Manchester.  The old coal dock at Castlefield.  For Corrie fans - it's where Roy Cropper went into the water at the hands of Tony Gordon - and where Tyrone tried to dispose of some Christmas turkeys.

Stars in Pantomime

Want to see an ex-Corrie star in pantomime?  Here's a pretty comprehensive list:

Chris Gascoyne (Peter) - Birmingham - Jack and the Beanstalk
Sherrie Hewson (Maureen) - Hull - Aladdin
Nigel Havers (Lewis) - Swindon - Dick Whittington
Eric Potts (Diggory) - Bristol - Dick Whittington
Marc Baylis (Rob) - Bromley - Sleeping Beauty (see bottom picture)
Bruce Jones (Les) - Touring - Aladdin
Scott Wright (Sam the Stripper) - Lytham St Annes - Aladdin
Vicky Entwistle (Janice) - Mansfield - Sleeping Beauty
Bradley Walsh (Danny) - Milton Keynes - Peter Pan
Tupele Dorgu (Kelly) - New Brighton - Snow White
Kevin Kennedy (Curly) - Norwich - Peter Pan (see top picture below)
Fine Time Fontayne (Peter's cell mate) - Oldham - Aladdin
Nigel Pivaro (Terry) - Rickmansworth - Aladdin (see middle picture below)
Brian Capron (Richard Hillman) - Sevenoaks - Cinderella
Ken Morley (Reg) - Southport - Sleeping Beauty
Nick Cochrane (Andy) - St Helens - Jack and the Beanstalk
Steven Arnold (Ashley) - Woking - Aladdin

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Ex-Corrie cast in pantomime

Here's a list of the main ex-Corrie actors (and some who will be ex- by the time the curtain goes up) in pantomime this season:

Chris Gascoyne (Peter) is in Jack and the Beanstalk in Birmingham
Sherrie Hewson (Maureen Holdsworth) is in Aladdin at Hull.
Nigel Havers (Lewis Archer) is in Dick Whittington at Swindon
Eric Potts (Diggory) is in Dick Whittington in Bristol
Marc Baylis (Rob) is in Sleeping Beauty at Bromley
Bruce Jones (Les Battersby) is in Aladdin touring to a number of venues including Heywood and Ellesmere Port
Scott Wright (Sam the Stripper) is in Aladdin at Lythan St Annes
Vicky Entwistle (Janice) is in Sleeping Beauty at Mansfield
Bradley Walsh (Danny Baldwin) appears in Peter Pan at Milton Keynes
Tupele Dorgu (Kelly Crabtree) is in Snow White at New Brighton
Kevin Kennedy (Curly) is in Peter Pan at Norwich
Fine Time Fontayne (Peter's prison cell mate) is in Aladdin at Oldham
Nigel Pivaro (Terry Duckworth) is in Aladdin at Rickmansworth
Brian Capron (Richard Hillman) is in Cinderella at Sevenoaks
Ken Morley (Reg Holdsworth) is in Sleeping Beauty at Southport
Nick Cochrane (Andy McDonald) is in Jack and the Beanstalk at St Helens
Steven Arnold (Ashley Peacock) is at Woking starring in Aladdin

There will be others I'm sure - but these are the ones I've noticed so far.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Come and meet Fiz


Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine’s Manchester restaurant and tea rooms, Annies, has won many accolades and awards since it opened two years ago.  More recently she and partner Chris Farr have expanded the business to sell their own made range of pickles and preserves through the restaurant and at specialist food markets.

 Now they’ve teamed up with Oldham’s leading family-run garden centre, Daisy Nook, to offer their products direct to the public - the first time the range will be available through another retailer.

 “It’s a perfect partnership,” explained Jennie.  “Both businesses are family run and share a common ethos of promoting local products that are superb quality.”

 Jennie and her family will be launching the range, called Annies Tea Shop, at the garden centre’s Christmas preview evening on Wednesday 29 October between 6.30pm and 9pm.

 “We’ll be letting people try some of the jams and chutneys for themselves – I’ll be happy to sign any of the purchases – and there’s a 10% discount for the night!” said the actress who is expecting her first child in November. 

The Daisy Nook Christmas Preview Evening sees the unveiling of the store’s royal themed Christmas displays.  As well as Jennie’s appearance, Gary’s Feathered Friends will be giving shoppers the chance to meet their owls and birds of prey – and there’s 10% off just about everything in store for the evening.  Doors open at 6.30pm.