Coronation Street unveil official cast snap to celebrate 60th anniversary

Coronation Street officials have shared the latest cast photograph to commemorate their milestone anniversary.

Next month, the Weatherfield-based soap celebrates 60 years on the box, after initially being scheduled to air for just 13 weeks.

The landmark snap was taken in adherence with the government guidelines surrounding the coronavirus pandemic for TV and film productions.

This meant that those who appear in the commemorative photograph were all taken into the studio and photographed at different times.

Prior to the pandemic, cast photos to celebrate milestones had featured the whole cast, originating with the first cast who appeared in the first episode of Corrie back in 1960.

However, the coronavirus pandemic meant that this was not possible due to large gatherings being banned, resulting in the first seven members of the cast who featured in the soap posing alongside the newest members to join the cast.

Over two weeks, the actors were snapped in a coronavirus secure photography studio and then cleverly edited together to give the impression they were all stood alongside one another.

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Paying respect to the shows iconic character, Hilda Ogden, ducks from her famous wall mural were added, along with a wonky one.

After appearing in the first-ever episode of the cobbled show, Ken Barlow actor William Roache was recently honoured with a new Guinness World Record after becoming the longest-serving TV soap star in the world, after six decades of Corrie.

William, who resides in Wilmslow, Cheshire, was presented with his award during his recent break from filming the hit soap.

"I would like to thank Guinness World Records for this new award," he said.

"I have been very fortunate to have been in this wonderful programme, Coronation Street, which has carried me into this world record and a lifetime of wonderful memories."

Iain MacLeod, the series producer said: "When Coronation Street, Tony Warren's groundbreaking, visionary project, launched in 1960, a columnist in a national newspaper predicted it wouldn't last more than three weeks.

"Sixty years later, I can safely say the many hundreds of people that have worked tirelessly and dedicatedly on the show have proved that prediction staggeringly wrong."

Coronation Street continues on Tuesday at 7.30pm on ITV.

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