Sunday, 29 January 2012

Daisy Nook

If you've been wondering why there've been no posts for a while it's because I've bought a share of a local business which has been taking up quite a bit of my time.

Daisy Nook Garden Centre is the business and it's situated on the border of Oldham and Tameside boroughs in Greater Manchester, right next to the M60.  We've got some great plans for redevelopment throughout 2012, which is the company's 40th birthday, and we look forward to welcoming you there!

New Studios

The view from the BBC copyright Mark Llewellin
The builders are now hard at work on the new ITV studios, which will include a brand new Corrie studio compex.  This (left) is the view from the bridge crossing the Manchester Ship Canal of the site.  Before long the back of the Corrie terraces will be facing us from here, although passers-by won't see much from the outside.

Next to the site is the Imperial War Museum of the North where they have a viewing tower.  If you visit Salford go and have a look (it's £1.20 to go to the top).  The picture (below) was taken from there this week and you can see them marking out the line of the pavement and houses.  The viaduct will be at the bottom of the picture eventually with the health centre at the top.

The view from the Imperial War Museum 
Copyright: Mark Llewellin

Corrie tours this year

You might be interested in the following:

Wed 14 March - I'll be looking after a tour by Elite Coaches of Sale, Manchester, which will be visiting several Corrie locations.  If you want to join us - you can google them, they still have seats available.

Sun 29 April - I'll be showing a group from Canada around some Corrie locations.  It's part of a great UK holiday run by

Mon 11 June - I'm conducting a tour of Corrie locations as part of a visit to Liverpool by the Carribean Princess cruise ship.  If you want further details drop me an email and I'll put you in touch with the tour operator.

Fri 27 July: The annual World of Coronation Street tour arrives from Canada.    You'll get details from

Last year I offered walking tours of Manchester city centre which include the full Corrie story, a walk past the studios (not in them!) and some Corrie locations.  This year I'm unable to fit many in - but if you want to check out a date please drop me an email, but do let me know what date(s) you can make.

Oldham's bumper Christmas!

The figures are just in .... a record-breaking 6,000+ people turned out to watch the annual Oldham Christmas parade, over 8,000 came to see the town's Christmas lights switch-on and several thousand more attended the Christmas market, which ran for 16 days.

For the 14th year we provided many of the facilities including entertainers (marching bands, bears, Santa himself and much more).  I also acted as Artistic Director for the events programme.

So now it's time to get planning this year - yes, we've already had a meeting - which will be my 15th year.  It's been a great pleasure to work with an amazing team of people on the programme but I've decided that this year will be my last.  I'll miss it greatly - well, maybe not standing in the snow all day - but it's been a tough decision.  However, the time comes to stand aside and let someone else have a go.