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Aussie couple are Coronation Street's real life love match

Keith Monks
Keith Monks proposes to Charlie Acton. Credit: Manchester Evening News

The boyfriend of an Australian Coronation Street fan plotted a surprise marriage proposal on the cobbles from 9,000 miles away.

Charlie Acton had no idea what Keith Monks had in store when she began the tour of the former Corrie set in Manchester.

She stepped onto the street and saw childhood sweat-heart Keith, 31, on bended knee holding a ring with a huge banner behind which read: “Charlie, will you marry me?”

She answered immediately ‘yes’.

The pair, from Perth, had travelled to the UK to visit friends and Keith secretly enlisted the help of the Coronation Street Tour which began earlier this year when filming was moved from the old Quay Street set to Trafford Quays.

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Charlie said Credit: Manchester Evening News

“Charlie is a huge fan of Coronation Street and so I thought it would be a great idea to propose on the tour.

"I was so happy that it was a surprise for her, it will be a fantastic story to tell our grandkids in the future.”

– Keith Monks
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A crowd of supporters cheered the couple. Credit: Manchester Evening News

“I had absolutely no idea.

"I am a die-hard Coronation Street fan and this was just brilliant. "Even though we live in Australia I never miss an episode. "I am so happy.”

– Charlie Acton
Keith Monks.
A crowd of supporters cheered as Keith and Charlie got engaged. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Charlie’s tour guide, Andy Steele, made sure that she was the one to open the door to Nick’s Bistro for the grand reveal onto the Street.

Waiting outside the doors were close friends Ellie-May Flannery and her partner Jay Pennington who were holding the banner and Keith who waited with baited breath on one knee.

A crowd of supporters also formed to cheer the couple and congratulate them on their engagement.

Keith Monks.
Keith planned the proposal with help from pals and tour staff. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Rover Curly returns to the Corrie cobbles

Kevin Kennedy appeared in Corrie for 20 years. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Coronation Street legend Curly Watts made a special appearance back on the famous cobbles - and said he’d love to return permanently to the show.

Kevin Kennedy, 52, played Norman ‘Curly’ Watts in the long running soap for twenty years.

He returned to the set where he made his name as an actor, which is now open for tours by fans, for a series of special appearances.

Kevin will make a series of special appearances on the tour. Credit: Manchester Evening News
Kevin said he'd love to return to the ITV drama. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Kennedy was written out of the show in 2003 when Curly went to start a new life in Newcastle with his second wife Emma.

The Wythenshawe-born star, who now lives in Brighton, said the visit, one of four over the coming weeks, has re-sparked his desire to return.

Visitors will be able to see Kevin on tours between 4pm and 6pm today, Thursday 10th and Thursday 17th July and between 7pm and 9pm on Thursday 24th July.

The Corrie tour takes place at the former set at Granada's old studios in Quay Street in Manchester city centre.


Coronation Street cobbles to become wedding venue

Coronation Street fans coud soon be able to get married on the famous cobbles.

Coronation Street could soon become a wedding venue Credit: Press Association

The old set at Quay Street has been given a wedding licence, so that civil and non-religious ceremonies can be performed.

The ITV soap was filmed there for more than 50 years, before moving to its new home at Media City.

Full report: Exclusive interview with the killer on the cobbles

Millions of viewers tuned in to watch Coronation Street last night and see Tina Mcintyre, played by Michelle Keegan, killed off in dramatic fashion.

The producers of the show were so keen to keep the storyline a secret they actually filmed four separate endings.

After months of speculation, the killer has finally been revealed.

Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore got this exclusive with him after he had done the dirty deed.


Hospital welcomes new Radiology Unit

“The Radiology Department plays a key role at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

"Being in hospital can be a frightening time for children so having therapeutic artworks and interactive technology to distract our young patients is vital in making their treatment as comfortable and stress free as possible.

“We could not have undertaken this huge project without the generous support of Thomas Cook Children’s Charity.

"With their help we are continuing to ensure that Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital isn’t just the largest children’s hospital in the UK, but also one of the very best."

– Maurice Watkins CBE, Chairman of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity’s fundraising board.
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