Corries bosses reveal tribute to Manchester Arena attack victims - welcomed by star Lucy Fallon
The 22 victims of the Manchester Arena bombing have been remembered with a permanent memorial on the new Coronation Street set.
The ITV soap’s new-look set features a mosaic-covered memorial bench taking pride of place in an urban garden in memory of those who died, with a special mention for Corrie superfan Martyn Hett.
Mr Hett, who was such a big fan of the show he had a tattoo of Weatherfield stalwart Deirdre Barlow on his leg, was among those killed when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device as crowds left an Ariana Grande concert in May.
Blackpool mum and South Shore Academy receptionist Jane Tweddle was among those killed.
Blackpool’s Corrie star Lucy Fallon, who plays Bethany Platt, told the Press Association: “I think that, especially because Martyn was a massive fan of the show, it’s important for his family to have that tribute to him and all of the other victims and the survivors and everybody that was involved.
“And just for Manchester in general.”
The extended set of the long-running soap took three years to develop and will give viewers the chance to see beyond the area surrounding the soap’s famous terraced houses and cobbled street. It includes a Costa Coffee and Co-op.