Saturday, 4 September 2010

Kemptville Tour - Day Eight

Friday 3 September 2010

Manchester was founded by the Romans in 79AD (they were called that because they did a lot of roamin’ about! – the group had to suffer that one, so why shouldn’t you?) We passed the Castlefield district where the Roman fort was and where Michelle and Steve split up, where Tony tried to drown Roy and where Les tried to kill himself (not a happy place really!) etc etc. We had a better time visiting the Science and industry Museum, which actually backs onto the Coronation Street set. Part of it is housed in what was the world’s first railway station - and the original outdoor Corrie set was built on the cobbles from the railway goods yards next door. The museum is being redeveloped at the moment so some parts were closed but we enjoyed the trains, planes, cars, steam engines (including Thomas the Tank Engine), underground sewers exhibit and the small Corrie exhibit where we could watch backstage videos and classic episodes.

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 drove out to Bury to look at a little corner where we found the prison John Stape was in and where Fizbomb sat outside waiting on her wedding day. Nearby was the location used in Monday’s big episode (spoiler below) and where Antony Cotton recently had his 35th birthday bash. We just had to have a peek!

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.

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