It’s usually the cobbles on which they ply their trade, but two of Coronation Street’s most well-known faces are spending the week filming in Blackpool.
Soap couple Roy and Hayley Cropper began shooting scenes at the Promenade’s Imperial Hotel yesterday for episodes which are due to be screened in mid-October.
Speaking exclusively to The Gazette on set, actor David Neilson, who plays Roy, said he was happy to be working in the resort.
He said: “It’s great and it’s also a nice change.
“There’s a tradition of Coronation Street doing stuff in Blackpool.
“Fortunately the weather’s looking better for us too.”
Around 30 production crew will be filming in the resort until Thursday - although details of the storyline are being kept under wraps.
Blackpool has regularly been a favourite destination of characters from the street - with its first mention coming in a 1961 episode when several characters took a day trip on Whit Monday.
Other notable Street moments to have taken place in the resort include Rita Fairclough’s former love interest and recently released convict, Alan Bradley, being run over and killed by a tram in 1989 while chasing her.In 2000, Tyrone Dobbs proposed to Maria Sutherland at the top of the Tower, while in 2010 the resort was the scene of a frantic search for missing child Simon Barlow - who was later found safe and well back in Weatherfield.
Alison Gilmore, general manager at the Imperial Hotel, welcomed the cast and crew to the resort.
She said: “It’s absolutely fantastic because it’s been a while since they last filmed here.
“It’s really nice to have them on set and it’s another Blackpool storyline.
“The production team are lovely and they love Blackpool too.”