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Soap stars prepare for netball charity showdown

The cast of Coronation Street have enlisted the help of Manchester Thunder netball team as they prepare for this years ITV Text Santa charity netball match.

They beat their rivals Emmerdale last year but can they do it again?

We sent Granada Reports correspondent Amy Welch to find out:

Text Santa is now in its fourth year and has already raised £15 million for charity.

This year's event is bigger than ever, with live music from your favourite chart-toppers, the cast of Corrie as you've never seen them before, a Christmassy version of The Cube and a very special appearance by one George Clooney all lined up.

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Corrie stars prepare for netball soap showdown

The cast of Coronation street are preparing to take on soap rivals Emmerdale in the ITV Text Santa Charity netball match.

They've been training with the Manchester thunder team ahead of the game on the 22nd November which will raise cash for 6 different charities.

Hayley Tamaddon who plays Andrea Beckett is taking on the position of goal attack.

Full report: Bill Roache returns to Coronation Street

The Coronation Street actor, Bill Roache, will be back on the cobbles and back on our screens tonight for the first time since he was cleared of historical sex abuse allegations.

The 82-year-old, who plays Ken Barlow, was unable to work on the soap while the court case was going on.

Tonight, fans will see his character return from Canada to find his family in tatters as son Peter sits in jail accused of murder.

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William Roache to make Coronation Street return

Ken Barlow will be back on the country's most famous cobbles tonight as William Roach returns to Coronation Street.

William Roache will make his return to Coronation Street Credit: PA Images

The character of Ken has been away in Canada visiting relatives but, instead of a happy reunion, will come back to find his son in prison and family in tatters.

Aussie couple are Coronation Street's real life love match

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.

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