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Coronation Street dedicates bench to superfan Martyn Hett and Manchester terror victims

Coronation Street will dedicate a bench in memory of Martyn Hett - who was huge fan of the soap - and all victims of the terror attack in the city.

Martyn was one of 22 people who lost their lives following an attack at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday.

The 29-year-old was a passionate fan of the soap and had a tattoo of iconic character Deirdre Barlow on his leg.

Speaking about the dedication, Coronation Street said: "In memory of our friend Martyn Hett and all the victims of the Manchester bombing on Monday night we will be dedicating a bench on the Coronation Street set to remember everyone affected by the atrocity.

"The dedication will be planned in the coming weeks following an outpouring of affection for Corrie superfan Martyn and all those who lost their lives and have been injured following the Manchester Arena bombing.

"The bench will be positioned in the new extension to the Coronation Street which is in the early stages of construction at the programme's Trafford site."

The transcription on the bench will read: "For Martyn and all those who lost their lives on 22nd May 2017. We Stand Together."

The announcement comes after Coronation Street paid tribute to the victims of the attack in its episode on Wednesday night.

The ITV soap, which is set in Manchester, posted a photograph of candles and flowers laid out in a makeshift memorial as the instalment came to an end.

A message along the bottom read: “We Stand Together.”

Cast members previously spoke of their devastation after the attack at an Ariana Grande concert.

The soap’s official Twitter account led the tributes with a post that read: “We love Manchester, it is our home. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by last night’s tragic events.”

Brooke Vincent, who plays Sophie Webster, wrote on social media that she was “heartbroken and devastated”.

Eva Price actress Catherine Tyldesley tweeted: “My beautiful home town, full of beautiful, innocent people. This morning my heart is broken … #RIP and love to victims and families.”

Antony Cotton, who plays Sean Tully, said he could not “comprehend” the news.

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