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How's that for a dramatic paws! New canine stars on cobbles of Corrie

It's the 'lead' story - canine stars of Corrie Credit: MEN

Coronation Street’s most famous pets have walked the cobbles to mark National Pet Month.

Ozzy, Eccles and Schmeichel delighted visitors to Coronation Street The Tour on the former Quay Street set.

And one of soap’s lesser-known secrets was revealed – Eccles the border terrier is actually a boy.

Eccles plays the Barlow family pet who was originally named Lady Freckles on the show. And he shares the role with Freckles who is female.

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Corrie stars and Class of 92 join netball team's Amarillo video

Class of 92’ players and stars from Coronation Street have joined forces with Manchester Thunder netball team for a special promotional video.

Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Brooke Vincent were among the North West celebrities to take part in the 'Is This the Way To Amarillo?' spoof.

The video has been released in the run up to the reigning netball Superleague champions' semi final match at the Manchester Arena on April 18th.

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Soap stars to pay a special tribute to Corrie's Anne Kirkbride at the National TV Awards

The Coronation Street actor William Roache will lead the tributes to Anne Kirkbride as the world of broadcasting honours her at the National Television Awards.

A small group of colleagues will be with him in the audience at the O2 Arena in London.

As the soap's Ken and Deirdre Barlow, they shared the screen for more than 40 years.

This report from Tim Scott:

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Tearful Corrie star remembers 'wonderful' Anne Kirkbride

Coronation Street star Helen Worth tearfully told Good Morning Britain how much Anne Kirkbride will be missed on the set.

The ITV soap shut down filming yesterday but Worth - who plays the long-suffering Gail McIntyre - said she was happy to be back on the cobbles so she could reminisce about Kirkbride with others who knew her so well.

"I personally am grateful to be back on set today amongst the cast where we can talk about Annie and remember the wonderful lovable person that she was," the actress told GMB.

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Calls for lifetime achievement award for 'Dierdre'

Anne Kirkbride died aged 60 on Monday after a short illness. Credit: ITV/Coronation Street

There are calls for Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride to be given a posthumous lifetime achievement award following her death on Monday.

It was revealed her onscreen husband William Roache, who played Ken Barlow, will deliver a touching tribute to her at the National Television Awards tonight.

And the soap is bookies' favourite to scoop the award for best serial drama.

Anne's castmates are due back at work today after hearing the heartbreaking news.

Writers now face the task of writing the much-loved character out of the show and say it will happen within the next month.

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