If you're in the Southport area, do pop along to the Southport Flower Show before it ends on Sunday this weekend. Two of our intrepid reporters - Nikki and John Beresford - went along to the Southport Flower Show today to have a look at the Coronation Street themed garden.
Here's the report from Nikki and John, who also had the pleasure of meeting Corrie cast members David Neilson and Patti Claire - who play Roy and Mary. All photos on this blog post are those taken at the Flower Show today by Nikki and John.
And so, over to John:
"The brief summer interlude that had surprised us earlier this week gave way to yet more rain today, perhaps in honour of Weatherfield's visit to the Southport Flower Show. Coronation Street stars David Neilson (Roy Cropper) and Patti Clare (Mary Taylor) braved the inclement weather to visit the Weatherfield-themed show garden, created by award-winning designer Chris Ashcroft.
The garden features a Rovers Return pergola, under which visitors were gleefully taking turns to be photographed sinking a pint of Newton & Ridley's at the bar, and the famous chimney pots seen in the Street’s opening credits since 1960. The pergola is creatively balanced by a gazebo on the other side of the garden, under which is set a comfy sofa (supplied by Coronation Street sponsor Harveys) for visitors to take the weight off their feet, although very few braved the stares of onlookers to do so!
|John Beresford enjoying a pint of Newton & Ridley in the Corrie garden|
David Nielson said he was: "Looking forward to seeing the flower show as nature cannot be hurried and in today's modern, frantic world it does you good to escape into the calm of being surrounded by nature and this lovely relaxing environment." The attention of many devoted Coronation Street fans desperate to grab a photo opportunity meant that, for David at least, today's garden visit was perhaps not such a calm environment as he had hoped, but both he and Patti were clearly delighted to meet the many fans who had turned up to see both them and the garden.
|Corrie's Patti Claire (Mary) poses for photos with fans at the Flower Show|
Knowing our readers' love of insider gossip, I asked Patti whether we had seen the last of the controversial storyline concerning her character Mary's designs on Roy. Choosing her words very careful, Patti replied that the story would continue to play out for some time yet, but perhaps not in the way we all expect. Read into that what you will! She added that in a related story, Mary is about to offer help to a friend, with predictably catastrophic (and no doubt hilarious) results.
The Southport Flower Show continues until Sunday 19 August.