The 100,000th visitor has walked on the famous Weatherfield cobbles as part of the Coronation Street Studio Tour.
Within just two months of opening Debbie Lee became the 100,000th visitor to collect her backstage pass and walk out onto the hallowed cobbles of the nation’s Street at Coronation Street The Tour yesterday.
At the end of the ten past two guided tour, Debbie and her daughter Danielle Payne stepped into Nick’s Bistro for the grand reveal onto Coronation Street. As the theme tune played they opened the double doors to the cheers of the Coronation Street The Tour team members brandishing a large congratulatory banner saying “Congratulations! 100,000th Visitor.” General Manager, Andy Begg, presented Debbie and Danielle with a bottle of bubbly and goody bags filled with souvenirs, including a photo of him/her pulling a pint behind the bar of the Rovers Return as a reminder of the experience.
“I thought that when we opened the doors that this was something someone did on every tour, but then when everyone was outside we didn’t know what was happening. It was a big surprise, it’s amazing to be the 100,000th visitor.” – Debbie Lee from Derby
Following Coronation Street’s move to MediaCityUK last December, the tour of the Quay Street studios was announced in March and received an incredible reception. Tickets for the first few weeks sold out before the opening on April 5th and interest has been seen from around the world.
“What an amazing couple of months we have had since we opened to the public in April. We have welcomed an incredible 100,000 visitors to the tour and people have travelled from as far as Canada and New Zealand, which goes to show what a strong following Corrie has with the public.
“Most pleasing of all is that everyone coming on the tour is really enjoying their time with us, from visiting the dressing rooms to having their photo taken behind the bar in the Rovers, to exploring the dark secrets of the “Ginnel”. I love seeing the visitor’s faces as they step out onto the street for the first time to the “dah dah dah dah dah dah” theme tune. Kids sprint down the cobbles, parents seek out their favourite landmarks and many visitors even record themselves on their phones recreating their favourite Corrie scenes.” – Andy Begg, General Manager of Coronation Street The Tour
For a limited time only Coronation Street The Tour offers visitors a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of the much loved soap seeing dressing rooms, selected interior sets and even stopping for a photo in the Rovers Return. Upon stepping out onto the hallowed cobbles, guests can spend as long as they would like exploring the street, gardens and even the ginnel.
To meet the high level of interest, Coronation Street The Tour operator, Continuum Leading Attractions, has released extra capacity for evenings and weekends. The tour will be open until October 4th and tickets can be booked online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/coronationstreet.
The Coronation Street Tour brand has been licensed by ITV to Continuum, who produce and operate the unique visitor attraction. Continuum has 30 years of experience in creating memorable locations for millions of people around the globe.
Pictured: Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear, opens the tour earlier this year.