AS one of the nation’s most tempestuous on screen couples, Ken and Dierdre Barlow have had their ups and downs.
But their new wax figures – unveiled in Blackpool yesterday – look set to enjoy a more harmonious relationship!
Ken is propping up the bar, while Dierdre is sitting at one of the tables in the Rovers Return set created by the team at Madame Tussauds on the Promenade.
Actors William Roache and Anne Kirkbride, whose soap characters have overcome affairs and family traumas as on and off husband and wife for more than 30 years, were at the seafront attraction to unveil the latest additions to the collection.
William said: “We work well together and it’s nice we are here together, immortalised in wax. To be in Madame Tussauds is an honour and we’re delighted. The figures are absolutely brilliant and a lot of work has gone into them. The spookiest bit is when they bring the head to show you for the first time and set it down beside you.”
Anne added: “We had to have lots of sittings and had photographs taken from every angle and the end result is brilliant.
“It’s nice to be here in Blackpool. We spend a lot of time in Blackpool in one manner or another – usually looking for missing children!
“I believe the Coronation Street set is one of the most popular sections of Madame Tussauds so to be here ourselves is so nice.
“I hope the public like the figures as much as we do and enjoying popping into the Rovers and sitting alongside us.”
The new figures, which took four months to create, have joined other Corrie characters Hilda Ogden and Bet Lynch in the attraction.
And their partnership looks set to endure.
Anne said: “We’re getting a bit too old for affairs now.”