Coronation Street marks 60 years on the cobbles with clever cast portrait

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The drama first aired on December 9, 1960 and is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running TV soap. ITV unveiled the photo to celebrate six decades on Weatherfield’s cobbles – but it hides a secret. Earlier milestone snaps showed the whole cast but due to virus restrictions the latest line-up was shot separately over two weeks.

 

Fourteen were selected to represent the soap, seven new arrivals joining its longest-serving stars.

In the background are the decorative ducks loved by show busybody Hilda Ogden, complete with a wonky middle one.

Below them is William Roache who has played Ken Barlow right from Corrie’s first episode.

He is joined by Barbara Knox (Rita Tanner from 1964), Helen Worth (Gail Platt, 1974), Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts, 1979), Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster, 1983), Sally Ann Matthews (Jenny Connor, 1986) and Sally Dynevor (Sally Metcalfe from 1986).

Joining in the last two years are Ryan Russell (Michael Bailey), Lorna Laidlaw (Aggie Bailey), Jane Hazlegrove (Bernie Winter), Mollie Gallagher (Nina Lucas), Adam Hussain (Aadi Alahan), Tony Maudsley (George Shuttleworth) and Gareth Pierce (Todd Grimshaw).

Bill, 88, said after the Guinness award: “I have been very fortunate.”

Producer Iain MacLeod said a columnist bet in 1960 that Corrie would last three weeks: “The many hundreds of people that have worked tirelessly and dedicatedly on the show proved that prediction staggeringly wrong.”

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