Friday 3 September 2010
Next stop was the green and canal bank where Martha lured Ken into her clutches! That Martha! We all stood on the bridge where Ken had been, carrying his suitcase, wondering whether to leave Weatherfield behind or not. Sad!
Then we had time to explore the town and to do some shopping on the market. Actually, quite a few of the costumes used to be bought from here – and we were reminded of that fact when we spotted stalls covered in aprons and overalls (a la Hilda). It’s also the home of the Black Pudding, which is an acquired taste for many.
Back to the hotel for something to eat and then off to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Now, not only did many of the Corrie cast start their careers in the theatre company based here (Alec, Rita, Bet, Ken , Deirdre and others!) but this is the theatre where Martha was appearing when she dallied with Ken. Anyway, we weren’t there for that reason – but we do like our Corrie connections! No, we had come to see a production of Kes (Lynne Perrie, who played Ivy, was in the film!). A very moving play (and often hilarious) set in the industrial North of the 60s – so very Corrie really.
Roy and Hayley’s wedding featured the East Lancashire Railway Line which we saw today.