Corrie veterans celebrate milestone
Six of Coronation Street's longest serving stars have gathered ahead of the show's half-century milestone - and between them they have clocked up 215 years on the cobbles.
The group, including William Roache who has been with the show from the start, assembled to mark the 50th anniversary next month in a photoshoot for Hello! magazine.
And Johnny Briggs, who spent 30 years as loveable rogue Mike Baldwin, said despite the long service of many actors, it was Weatherfield pub the Rover's Return which was the show's big name.
He said: "The true strength of the Street is that there isn't a star. The star of the show is the Rover's. People come and go, and the show still carries on."
Roache has been on the show for the full 50 years as Ken Barlow, while Betty Driver (who plays Betty Williams) has done a 41-year stint.
Barbara Knox (Rita Sullivan) has notched up 38 years and Bill Tarmey, who bowed out as Jack Duckworth last week, managed 31 years.
Julie Goodyear, the irrepressible, brassy Bet Lynch spent a quarter of a century in the Street.
She said: "I find it difficult to get my head around the idea of being an icon.
"When I go back home I'm just Julie from Heywood, the little Lancashire cotton town where I was born."
Tarmey told Hello! he would have gone on further had it not been for his health.