Coronation Street strolls through the shops with new sets

Coronation Street is bringing drama to the shops with a new set for visiting celebrity residents.

Harassers will now be able to venture further from the cobblestones and visit a Chinese dessert shop, bakery, pound shop, charity shop, takeaway National and the Pawnbrokers at Weatherfield Precinct.

The shops, 1960s-style with a row of small houses above, have been talked about by street dwellers for years but haven’t appeared on screen until now.

On Thursday, actor Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Metcalfe, cut a red ribbon to officially open the set as the other cast lit confetti to celebrate.

Daniel Brocklebank, who plays pastor Billy Mayhew, told PA news agency: “It’s amazing. It gives me the opportunity to play more things.

“There is something extremely sad about its rundown appearance.

“I think Billy will probably spend some time at the charity shop.”

Construction work went on for nine months, while filming continued, but Thursday was the first time the cast saw the final results.


Gregory Pope Foundation Charity Shop in New Weatherfield Precinct (ITV/PA)

Elle Mulvaney, who plays Amy Barlow, said: “It’s mint. This is my first time seeing it and I can’t understand the level of detail, it seems like it’s been here for years.

“It’s good that the young cast has a constituency. There is a lot of fun to be had.

James Craven, who plays Aaron Sandford, added: “Looks like it was cut out of Salford and brought here.

“Something will definitely start here!”

At Thursday’s premiere, props were ready, including a mobility scooter with a replica of the Weatherfield Gazette and a thermos in the basket.

The new set also includes a play area for children.

Hats off to our design and construction teams, who created a compelling new area for our film.Producer Iain MacLeod

One of the first storylines set in the area when filming begins next week will be the Gregory Pope Foundation charity shop, where Roy Cropper and Evelyn Plummer will volunteer to serve.

Producer Iain MacLeod said: “It’s amazing our design and build team, who created a compelling new area for our film.

“They drew inspiration from many of Salford’s late 20th-century real-world shopping precincts, and what they’ve created is a vibrant, distinctive space to tell a variety of stories.

“Expect to see teenagers hanging out at the dessert shop, families enjoying the play area and, after dark, the gallery of rogues, to the shady business in ginnels .

“I’m really excited by the screen arrival of this much-discussed but never-before-seen corner of the Weatherfield universe.” Coronation Street strolls through the shops with new sets

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