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Coronation Street cobbles may be recreated in Belfast as soap goes on tour

By Rebecca Black

Coronation Street realised in a giant inflatable dome could be on its way to Belfast.

What has been billed as the "largest touring structure in the UK" will be premiered in Glasgow next month, and is scheduled to appear in Belfast next spring.

It is reported to feature authentic sets and preserved memorabilia from one of the most famous streets in Britain, as well as a "virtual reality" welcome from Alison King, aka Carla Connor.

The initiative comes after the success of Coronation The Tour in Manchester, which attracted almost one million visitors during its 18-month run.

However, the show may not be able to make the trip across the Irish Sea because organisers have not yet obtained planning permission.

Publicity for the event was sent to media outlets yesterday, just one day after the organisers had applied to Belfast City Council for planning permission.

While the attraction is able to fit in the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, for Belfast the organisers have asked for a location off the Queen's Road in east Belfast, across from the Titanic Drawing Offices. Tickets for the event in Glasgow are currently on sale priced at £22.50.

Councillors who sit on the Planning Committee are set to consider the application later this month.

Coronation Street is one of the UK's most popular long-running soaps.

It dates back to December 1960 following the lives of a group of characters in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on Salford.

The storyline often reflects ongoing themes in society, and last week even included a reference to Ashers Bakery over its court battle after refusing to make a cake with a slogan in favour of gay marriage.

Continuum Attractions runs a number of other popular visitor spots across the UK, including Emmerdale The Tour in Leeds, The Real Mary King's Close in Edinburgh and York's Chocolate Story.

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