My trip to Coronation Street!

Well I can safely say that I had the time of my life visiting the set of Coronation Street. It was the most surreal thing ever and pretty much felt like I was at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I am an actual granny who loves to watch Corrie and drink tea of an evening!

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Firstly you go through all the interior of the houses on set and then you go out onto the street at the end. They line you up behind a set of double doors, blast the Corrie music and then open the double doors onto Coronation Street, which is the strangest thing ever as you feel like you’re in the TV, well kinda but not really.

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Gail’s house is the smallest I’ve ever seen! It’s so tiny in real life. Roy’s bag that he constantly brings around with him is actually belonged to his real life mother. You get to see the green room where all the staff would hang out every morning and learn their script!

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The rovers return was definitely my favourite but they don’t actually serve real alcohol. We saw Hayley’s coffin and Jack and Vera’s house.

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They have a souvenir shop in the medical centre at the end so we bought a shopping bag with Deirdre’s face on it, a pinny for cooking and some Christmas cards! All in all, I lived the Corrie dream! And then to top it all off, had an unreal night out in central Manchester!! One observation about people in Manchester, NONE of the girls wear jackets, they dress up to the 9’s but not one person was wearing a coat even though it was sub zero! That was fascinating to me.. but apparently it’s the norm to risk catching your death! Again, I sound like a granny!!! photo 10 You can also get married there if you’re a hard core fan and have parties! Highly recommend a visit to the cobbles!! I wanna go back! XxJCxX

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Jenny Conlon is a broadcast, freelance journalist, writer and fashion and entertainment critic. Her work has featured on the RTÉ. fashion and entertainments website. She has assisted production of RTÉ's Morning Ireland and The Business. Jenny produced and presented a weekly fashion and entertainment show Girls Talk Back on 103.2 Dublin City Fm and was Newsreader and Editor of the newsroom. Her work continues to feature in Irish publications such as The Irish Tatler, U magazine and The Dubliner. Jenny completed her Masters in International Journalism in 2009. She is looking forward to a jam packed 2012 where she will continue broadcasting and writing and being inspired. She will be modelling for a high street fashion shoot and plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.....

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