Sunday, 30 April 2017

Review: Coronation Street Blog's Manchester meet-up

Our Coronation Street Blog team met up in Manchester on Friday 28 April, and what a day we had.  We met in Annie's restaurant, owned by Corrie's Fiz (Jennie McAlpine and her husband Chris Farr) and they really pushed the boat out for us with an arrangement of fantastic Coronation Street themed cup cakes, as you can see below.




Over coffee and cakes inside the snug at Annie's, we had a very special Corrie insider come to talk to us.  I won't say who it was and I won't say what they told us, but I will say it was a fantastic opportunity to find out more about our favourite show.  We could have listened to the talk all day, but sadly, we only had an hour of their time before our mini-bus came to collect us and whisk us away on our next adventure.

Half an hour from Manchester city centre, we were dropped at the Daisy Nook garden centre in Failsworth. And if you're wondering what a group of Corrie fans are doing at a garden centre, well, I'll tell you. One of the owners of Daisy Nook is a chap called Mark Llewellyn who is a friend of the Blog and a smashing bloke. He is "Mr Corrie" and knows more about the stars of the show than most.  Mark gave us a fantastic talk on the origins of the show, from Granada and Tony Warren through to classic characters and actors such as the late Jill Summers who played Phyllis Pearce. 

Mark also showed us some props from the show that have never been seen in public before.  It was a brilliant afternoon and we all went away absolutely buzzing with information and insights into our faovurite show.  

Not all of our team could make the day, sadly, but we did welcome two new bloggers - Sophie and Michael - who hadn't joined us on a blog meet-up before.  And before we got on the mini-bus to take us back to the centre of Manchester, Mark kindly took a team photo, so here we are in all our glory, as follows:

Left to right we are:

Emma Hynes, Pickled Jo, David Bridgman, Michael Adams, Martin Leay, Jonny Grimshaw (Corrie extra and Tour Guide), Glenda Young, Jordan's (non-blogging) friend, Sophie Williams, Barry Smith, Jordan Lloyd and Sophie's mum!

It was a fantastic day out and our thanks go to Annie's Manchester, to our special Corrie insider for his warmth and generosity with his time and his insights, to Mark Llewellyn and to the staff at Daisy Nook for a smashing lunch too!

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8 comments:

Stevie Dawson said...

Really sorry I missed it! I don't have a sweet tooth but those cakes look amazing!

Flaming Nora said...

It was a great day!

Emma Hynes said...

A lovely account of a fantastic day!

Carla said...

Whatever happened to Mike Plowman? Is he still around and involved with Corrie updates?

Rebecca said...

I hope you saved me a cupcake! Looks like a lot of fun.

Maricha said...

That sounds like it was lovely. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Pickledjo said...

What a fantastic day! My head was whirling with all the Corrie info I took in!

Martin Leay said...

Brilliant day :-)

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