Madame Tussauds Blackpool is throwing its support behind Corrie character Sally Metcalfe who will be spending this Christmas behind bars.
Conman Duncan Radfield (Nicholas Gleaves) scammed the long-standing Coronation Street resident into giving him forty grand in her capacity as Mayor of Weatherfield so that he could set up a charity in memory of his wife May, who had died from a stroke.
He then framed Sally (Sally Dynevor) for fraud, bribery, and money laundering and despite protesting her innocence, she was sent to prison for four years in scenes that were aired last month.
The storyline is reminiscent of 1998’s “Free the Weatherfield One”, where avid fans of the ITV aired soap campaigned for the freedom of Deirdre Rachid (Anne Kirkbride) after she too was innocently put behind bars.
Madame Tussauds Blackpool is backing the Save Our Sally campaign and has taken action by staging a protest within its fully-licensed Rovers Return pub, featuring some of the cobbles most loved figures across the generations in wax form, including Deirdre herself, Jack and Vera Duckworth, Hilda Ogden, Bet Lynch, Ken Barlow, and Michelle Connor.
The protest includes t-shirts with the hash tag #SaveOurSally splashed across the front, along with supportive banners and placards. Sally’s on-screen daughter Sophie, played by actress Brooke Vincent, was also present at the protest.
“Our Rovers Return pub is a hugely popular area in the attraction, and so we knew we needed to show our support to Save Our Sally. Coronation Street’s much-loved characters transcend their generation on the cobbles, with their storylines continuing to pull in the punters and stay in our hearts for a long time. We’re pleased we could bring the different notable figures together at the attraction to support one of the show’s most popular characters in her time of need.” – Matthew Tithington, general manager at Madame Tussauds Blackpool
Earlier this month, The Sun reported that Sally would be freed from prison early next year after her husband Tim (Joe Duttine) turns detective and discovers that Duncan’s wife is not dead after all, but is in fact living in Costa Rica.