Sunday 29 July
Rob and I went to meet our guests at Manchester Airport – a couple have made their own way to Manchester as they’ve already started their holiday in Britain.
We’ve been having some warm and sunny weather in the past few days, which is only fair as it seems to have rained every day since March – let’s see if our group can keep that going. Today is sunshine and showers.
Anyway, once we’d checked that our group were indeed the Canadian Olympic Coronation Street Team we set off for Manchester city centre and our team hotel. It’s always important to check, when you’re on this kind of holiday, that your hotel is central. I’ve seen groups put on out-of-town industrial estate hotels where, when you have free time, there’s nothing to do outside the hotel itself. Our hotel is a good one and you can be into the main shopping streets in minutes, there are some lovely city walks, the theatre is a couple of streets away and there are lots of pubs and restaurants around for those free evenings.
I never like to give too much information on the coach – everyone’s tired and you can’t absorb too much so we hand out a special edition of the Weatherfield Gazette with a full itinerary and leave it at that for now.
A few hours later, after everyone’s settled in and unpacked, we meet for a sherry (the Spanish drink is Emily Bishop’s favourite tipple of course!) and a light meal. It gives me chance to say hello and start to get to know the guests – I like to know which characters people love – and loathe (I always hope the choices chime with the actors I’ve booked to meet the group later in the week) and whether it’s people’s first visit to the UK and so on. Then it’s off to bed.