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Commissionaire
First appearance 22nd February 1971
Last appearance 24th February 1971
Number of appearances 2
Played by Frank Crompton

The unnamed and uniformed Commissionaire performed door duty at the newly built Brookside Motel, which put on a grand opening in February 1971. There were several guests of honour including Annie Walker and the Mayor and Mayoress of Weatherfield. Proceedings became confused, however, when Billy Walker was given the job of repairing the mayoral Rolls Royce at the Canal Garage and, for a laugh, took Irma Barlow and Alan and Elsie Howard out for the day in the car, wearing a chauffeur's hat. The car was misdirected by a helpful RAC Man down the road towards the motel where, upon arrival, the Howards were mistaken for the Mayor and Mayoress due to their badged vehicle and taken inside with Irma, leaving Billy with the Rolls.

The Commissionaire told Billy to park his car round the back and go to the kitchen where Gladys would look after him. Upon enquiry he told Billy that he was at the Brookside Motel, whereupon Billy realised that his mother would be inside. The Commissionaire refused Billy access to the hotel to warn his friends to get away as quickly as they could, but was eventually persuaded by Billy to enter the building to pass on a note to Alan. When they failed to emerge, Billy himself slipped inside to whisk away his travelling companions before the real Mayor arrived but not before they had been "introduced" to a surprised Annie.

Although the episodes in which the character appeared were videotaped in colour, the location sequences were shot on black and white film as a carry-over from the ITV Colour Strike which had ended a couple of weeks before. As the character was only seen on location, all of his scenes were therefore in monochrome.

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