A demolition crew has started to tear down decades of TV history by bulldozing parts of the former Coronation Street set.
Pictures show how walls have been knocked down and roof tiles removed from some of the soap’s most famous stores.
Demolition vehicles and skips can be seen surrounding the fictitious Victoria Street, famous for Roy Cropper’s sandwich shop Roy’s Rolls, the Prima Doner kebab shop and Elliott and Son butchers.
Flats, offices and three hotels are set to be built on the site off Quay Street in Manchester as part of the new St John’s Quarter development after the 13-acre plot was sold by ITV in 2013. The pictures show the part of the old set involved is behind the main street.
The old set was built in the 1960s but in 2015, bosses moved to MediaCity in Salford as it had outgrown the location. Later this year Britain’s longest-running soap will air six nights a week compared to the current three broadcasts.