Hotel to unveil plaque where Street'S alan bradley died

HIS death was watched by millions and now the fateful date will be inscribed on a Blackpool hotel forever.

A plaque to mark 20 years since Coronation Street villain Alan Bradley died after being crushed beneath a tram is set to be unveiled outside The Strand Hotel.

The hotel has been inundated with visits from soap fans wanting to see the spot where Bradley, who was played by actor Mark Eden, met his grizzly end.

And now the former soap star is to return to unveil the tribute on the anniversary of the death on December 8.

The hotel was chosen for its starring role as the place where Bradley’s former lover Rita Fairclough reappears after mysteriously vanishing from the Street in 1989.

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More than 26 million viewers tuned in to watch Bradley chasing Rita across the tram tracks where he met his untimely demise.

Jane Long, who has owned the North Promenade hotel for more than six years, said: “This was voted the most watched death of a fictional character on TV – we thought it’s a shame not to recognise this.”

Mrs Long added: “I watched the episode, but never dreamed I would own the hotel one day.

“Lots of coach drivers and the Blackpool tourist bus go past The Strand. We have a lot of interest from people and guests wanting to stay in the room where Rita stayed.

“Three young lads from Canada came to Blackpool because of it.”

Coun Maxine Callow, cabinet member for tourism and regeneration, said: "Blackpool has quite a few links with Coronation Street – some of the actors have switched the Illuminations on and they have done quite a lot of filming here."

Guests will be treated to a hotpot dinner and cabaret.

Tickets cost 10 and all proceeds will be donated to Donna’s Dream House.

Call The Strand Hotel on (01253) 623320.