Corrie stars unveil new Victoria Street set


Fans can have a mooch around on screens from next month

The stars of Coronation Street have opened the soap’s new Victoria Street set, which includes a tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Job done! (L-R) Tina O’Brien, Jack P Shepherd, Sue Nicholls and Lucy Fallon

Actors Tina O’Brien (Sarah), Jack P Shepherd (David), Sue Nicholls (Audrey) and Lucy Fallon (Bethany) were on hand to cut the ribbon on Weatherfield’s newest addition on Monday.

The Platt family were joined by their co-stars at the celebrations, but the weather – typically – did them no favours.

Three years in the making, the set will have its debut on ITV and TV3 on Friday April 20. 

Victoria Street is ready for its close-up on Friday April 20

Taking pride of place in Victoria Street’s Urban Garden is a memorial bench in tribute to late Coronation Street fan Martyn Hett and the other victims of the Manchester Arena bombing of May 2017.

The inscription on the bench reads: “For Martyn and all those who lost their lives on the 22nd of May 2017. We stand together.”

“I think that, especially because Martyn was a massive fan of the show, it’s important for his family to have that tribute to him and all of the other victims and the survivors and everybody that was involved,” said Corrie star Lucy Fallon.

The Urban Garden is home to the memorial to the Manchester Arena bombing victims

“And just for Manchester in general.”

Putting down the last paving stone

Victoria Street is home to Weatherfield Police Station and Weatherfield North tram stop, a Costa Coffee and Co-Op shop and a tattoo parlour, Tattoo’ll Do Nicely.

Expect plenty of drama inside and out

The three-storey Nutall’s Brewery building looks like the perfect location for future Corrie cliffhangers.

This fire escape will be worth its weight in soap gold

There are also 7,000 cobbles from the show’s old Quay Street site, which was Corrie‘s home from 1982 to 2013.

Stone cold (and wet) legends

The soap’s producer, Kate Oates, said: “The Victoria Street extension represents an exciting chapter in Corrie history: an amazing new stage, full of dramatic potential.

There’ll be trouble here!

“Our amazingly talented design team have created everything from scratch – but it still manages to have the feeling of always having been there, just around the corner.”

And many a sad goodbye here

Coronation Street airs on TV3 and ITV on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Who will be first in the chair? Our money’s on Norris

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