I haven't blogged about Corrie since I stood down as tour guide and it's the very sad news of the death of the show's 'dad' Tony Warren that has caused me to put fingers to keyboard.
Although I knew that Tony was gravely ill it still came as a shock to hear that he had finally slipped away and gone to that famous snug in the sky.
He once told me that he didn't view Coronation Street as a TV series, it was a street he knew and loved. When he saw the houses he thought of all the fictional inhabitants - many created by him. And that's the key of course, that's when the show really works, when it's about real people facing real life situations rather than fictional people being manipulated to fit fictional stories.
He was a lovely man - funny, ever full of tales, always creative.
So, I hope he's sat there now enjoying a tipple with Elsie, Annie, Martha, Minnie and Co. His family. His creations.
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