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A chance to walk the famous cobbles of Coronation Street

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Fans of Coronation Street will have the chance to wander the soap's famous cobbles as the TV set is opening to the public.

Guided tours will operate throughout the year on Saturdays on the external sets of the programme at MediaCityUK in Manchester.

Fans will be able to see the cobbled Coronation Street set, as well as Rosamund Street and the new extended Victoria Street set, which includes a tribute to the Manchester terror attack victims.

The old set has been demolished to make way for new homes and businesses. Credit: MEN Media

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Norris Cole is taking a break from Coronation Street

Coronation Street star Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris Cole, is taking a break from the show.

The 78-year-old first appeared in the soap as the much-loved character in 1994.

Before being cast as Norris, who works in The Kabin, he played another Weatherfield character, Carlos, in 1974.

An ITV source as saying that the Chester-born actor, known for his busybody alter-ego, is currently away from the soap and "bosses do not know when he will be back".

Talking about his classic character, Hebden previously said:

I quite enjoy making people laugh. And children seem to like Norris. Perhaps he reminds them of their grandad.

– Malcolm Hebden
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