Coronation Street has a seaside outing this summer as ITV’s flagship soap is celebrated at the Southport Flower Show.
A Weatherfield-themed show garden will be among the range of attractions enjoyed by more than 80,000 visitors at the festival in August. The garden, created by award-winning designer Chris Ashcroft, features a Rovers Return pergola and the famous chimney pots seen in the Street’s opening credits since 1960.
Southport Flower Show Chief Executive David Jackson said: “Celebrating the North’s favourite street at the North’s favourite garden show will be a big hit with visitors and hopefully encourage everyone to have a go at gardening.”
There is also a comfy sofa supplied by Coronation Street sponsor Harveys for visitors to take the weight off their feet as they take in the view.
Regular viewers have seen the famous cobbles and back allies adorned with floral displays in recent weeks as residents have gone head-to-head in the Weatherfield in Bloom competition. But this is the first time that the ITV1 soap has been celebrated with a show garden at Southport.
Two favourite characters from the Street, Roy Cropper (played by David Neilson) and Mary Taylor (played by Patti Clare) will be touring the show garden and meeting visitors on Friday 17th August.
As the proprietor of Coronation Street’s cafe Roy’s Rolls, David has been a regular on The Street since 1995; fan favourite Patti joined the cast in 2008.
Advance tickets cost just £16 per person. For more up to date information on the show, celebrity announcements, details on how to enter the many competitions, and ticket bookings visit www.southportflowershow.co.uk.