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Video: The first Coronation Street fans to visit the old set of the soap

From today the public are being given access to the hallowed set of Coronation Street.

The old site has become a temporary attraction, now that the soap has moved to its new home at Media City in Salford.

Scores of visitors queued from first light to be the first on the famous cobbles:-

The tours will continue until October 4, 2014. For more information, go to

www.coronationstreettour.co.uk.

Picture Gallery: Corrie fans queue to be first to see old soap set

The first fans onto the famous cobbles

From today, the public are being given access to the hallowed set of Coronation Street.

The old site has become a temporary attraction, now that the soap has moved to its new home at Media City in Salford.

Corrie fans wait to see the old home of the famous ITV soap
The old set is now a temporary tourist attraction
Crowds line up to see the new attraction
Visitors have been promised some surprises on their tour
The first of many snaps to be taken today at the old Corrie set

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Former Coronation Street site opens to the public

After 53 years, Coronation Street filmed its final scenes at the Quay Street Studio's on December 20th 2013. Coronation Street has now moved to its new home at MediaCityUK leaving behind the street and all of its history. The original set is opening today as an attraction.

Britain's most famous Street opens to the public this weekend

For the first time ever visitors will be able to take a guided tour inside the studio, and will be able to take have their photo taken behind the bar of the Rovers Return.

Other tour highlights will include looking behind the scenes at some of the star's dressing rooms and wardrobes, and visiting Roy's Rolls and the Kabin.

The tours will continue until October 4, 2014. For more information, go to www.coronationstreettour.co.uk.

Coronation Street star in 'drink drive' arrest

Barbara Knox smiling at camera with pearl necklace and grey patterned dress coat
Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox - who plays Rita Tanner in the soap - has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

The 80-year-old was held at her local police station in Knutsford, Cheshire, on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The actress, who has played the newsagent in the programme for over 40 years, had gone to the station after her daughter, Maxine Ashcroft, 56, was earlier arrested for the same offence.

A Cheshire Police spokesperson said: "An 80-year-old woman from Knutsford arrived at Knutsford police station and was also arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. She was bailed pending further inquiries."

A Coronation Street spokeswoman said the arrest was a personal matter.

North West winners at RTS Awards

Coronation Street stars and crew collect the Best Serial Drama award during the 2013 National Television Awards Credit: PA

Coronation Street was one of the big winners at last night's Royal Television Society Programme Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

It picked up the Best Soap or Serial Drama Award.

Former Manchester United star Gary Neville also won an award for Best Sports Presenter, Commentator or Pundit for his work on Sky Sports.

Gary Neville working as a football pundit Credit: PA

Les Dennis breaks into Coronation Street

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Les Dennis outside the Rovers Return Credit: ITV Coronation Street

Actor and former Family Fortunes host Les Dennis has filmed his first scenes on Coronation Street.

He makes his debut on March 24, playing a burglar who breaks into Gail's house and steals a necklace.

Les Dennis
Gail confronts burglar Credit: ITV Coronation Sttreet
Les Dennis
Burglar claims to be fixing gas Credit: ITV Coronation Street
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He pushes Gail out of way Credit: ITV Coronation Steet
Les Dennis
Kylie arrives to help Credit: ITV Coronation Street
Les Dennis
Shocked to see scuffle Credit: ITV Coronation Street
Gail in shock
Kylie runs after burglar Credit: ITV Coronation Street

Kylie Platt, played by Paula Lane, runs after Les's character, Michael Rogers, before Gail discovers her favourite necklace has been stolen.

Les, from Liverpool, shot to fame in the 1980s with a famous impression of Corrie favourite, Mavis Riley.

He said: "I've loved Coronation Street since the beginning.

"I grew up watching all the amazing characters in the show.

"I now not only have the chance of meeting them, but also working with them.

"It doesn't get better than that."

Producer Stuart Blackburn said Les was a "A fantastic performer" and his arrival on the Cobbles was a "real coup for Corrie"

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Former Corrie star becomes mother for first time

Katherine Kelly Credit: PA

Former Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly has become a mother for the first time.

The 33-year-old - now known to TV audiences for her role in Mr Selfridge - and her husband Ryan Clark became parents to baby girl Orla on Tuesday.

Kelly bowed out of Corrie in January 2012 following a six-year stint in the soap playing Becky McDonald.

She said she was "overwhelmed with joy to announce the arrival of our daughter."

Julie Goodyear shares her memories of old Corrie set

The Coronation Street cobbles at Granada Studios in Manchester will open as a visitor attraction next month.

Members of the public will be able to wander down Britian's most famous street at the former site where the soap was filmed for over 50 years.

Former Corrie actress Julie Goodyear has shared her memories of the set:

Coronation Street tours announced at Granada Studios

Coronation Street's the Rovers Return Inn at Granada Studios, Manchester

The Coronation Street cobbles at Granada Studios in Manchester will open as a visitor attraction next month.

Members of the public will be able to wander down Britain's most famous street at the former site where the soap was filmed for over 50 years.

Tour highlights:

Walk down the famous cobbles and have your photo taken in front of the Rovers Return.Visit some of the interior sets where key scenes were filmed, never before opened to the public.See exclusive props and memorabilia from Coronation Street's history.

Click here for more details.

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