Coronation Street is a British drama serial set in the north of England, chronicling the professional and private lives of the residents of a backstreet in Weatherfield, a fictional suburb of Greater Manchester. Created by Tony Warren and produced by Granada Television for ITV, it first transmitted on 9th December1960 and is the longest running drama series in the world still in production.
21st May1993: It was the end of an era as Alf Roberts agreed to sell the Corner Shop to Reg Holdsworth for £68,000. Alf had run the shop since the death of his second wife Renee in 1980, and his retirement had been a long time coming for his current wife Audrey who had long hated the shop. For Reg, the last few weeks had been a time of change as he had taken redundancy from supermarket Bettabuys and got engaged to Maureen Naylor. The last obstacle was delivering the news of the engagement to Maud's cranky mother Maud Grimes, who had been continually trying to split the couple up as she didn't like Reg. Despite her opposition, she accepted Reg's invitation Reg to their engagement party at the Rovers when he delivered it in verse. Ultimately, when Reg lowered his offer for the shop despite reaching an agreement with Alf, Alf decided to sell the shop to Brendan Scott instead.
Elsie Tanner was a Coronation Street resident from 1939 to 1973, and then again from 1976 to 1984. For all of that time, she lived at No.11, first moving in after marrying Arnold Tanner at sixteen and raising her children Linda and Dennis herself after splitting from Arnold. During the war, Elsie had an affair with an American GI, Steve Tanner. Many men came and went from No.11 during and after this period, but as Elsie was still married to Arnold, she gained a reputation for being a tart. One particular opponent of Elsie was Ena Sharples, the self-appointed moral guardian of the Street, with whom Elsie locked horns on many occasions. Despite her critics, Elsie was fiercely protective of her children, herself and her good name, and gave as good as she got, which over time earned even Ena's grudging admiration.
The Featured Character is the latest Main character article upgraded to "good" status on Corriepedia. For more about Elsie Tanner, go here.
"There was life before "Coronation Street", but it didn't add up to much."
"When you're as old as I am, and your whole world's beginning to crumble, until there's absolutely nothing left, then you fight for what you still 'ave, even if it's only a chair and a lot of old memories."