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Soap stars back behind the butcher's counter

Two of Coronation Street's best-known butchers will be making a special guest appearance at Hull's Walton Street Market this morning.

Soap stars Andy Whyment & Steven Arnold will meet fans at Hull's Walton Street market

Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk, and Steven Arnold, who played Ashley until his death in the soap in 2010, became a firm favourite of fans after working together in the Street's local butcher shop

The pair will be behind the meat counter again at the Walton Street Market from 8.30am as part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of E and J Meats.


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Tearful William Roache honours 'superb' talent of co-star

A tearful William Roache has told how the cast and crew of Coronation Street are in mourning after the sudden death of his on-screen wife.

Speaking to ITV News, Mr Roache described Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow for 44 years, as a "truly beautiful person".

Speaking from the set of the show, he praised her for being a "superb all-rounder" as an actress, with "impeccable" comedy timing.

Meanwhile, creative director Kieran Roberts said his favourite of Deirdre's numerous headline-grabbing storylines was her 1998 wrongful jailing, which sparked a nationwide campaign to get the fictional conviction overturned.

Coronation Street star's baby joy

Coronation Street actress Paula Lane, who plays Kylie Platt, has given birth to a baby boy.

The 28-year-old, who is from Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, tweeted that her and husband Tom Shaw's "world is complete" following the arrival of their first child on New Year's Eve.

Lane's character left Weatherfield on Christmas Day following a row with her on-screen husband David over her drug addiction and continued involvement with ex-boyfriend Callum Logan.

She is due to return to the cobbles in Spring 2015.


Yorkshire actor set for Corrie debut

It is never quiet on the cobbles of Coronation Street and tonight sees the arrival of Gavin Rodwell played by Yorkshire actor Oliver Farnworth.

Fans of the soap will have seen Les Dennis' character of Michael trying to track down his long lost son on Wednesday night's episode.

Gavin is set to stir up the nation's favourite street tonight he makes his first appearance. Daniel Harris caught up with Oliver on the set of Coronation Street:

Widow at Westminster for MP's debate into pancreatic cancer

A widow from Scunthorpe will be in Parliament today to listen to MPs discuss the illness which killed her husband. The visit by Maggie Watts, 50, to Westminster, is a major milestone in her campaign to increase funding for research into pancreatic cancer. Her husband Kevin Watts, a local builder, died from the disease aged 48 in 2008. His death spurred mum of one Mrs Watts to organise a 106,000-name on-line petition and force a debate in the House of Commons.

Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh at the University of Manchester with scientists and Maggie Watts Credit: Maggie Watts

Former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, whose character Hayley Cropper was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the long-running soap opera, joined Maggie's campaign after becoming aware of the disease’s low survival rate - around three per cent five years after diagnosis. The debate will be led by Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin.

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