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.
20th September1989: Although the terraced side of Coronation Street has retained fairly static appearance since its construction in 1902, the other side has seen several major changes. One occurred on this day in 1989 when the residents were woken by the sound of wrecking equipment demolishing the factory and Community Centre with its flat which had been in situ since 1971. Developer Maurice Jones bought all of the properties with the intention of building several modern houses and business units. Work would be held up though due to dodgy Mike Baldwin selling the factory without making redundancy payments to his staff and a sit-in ensued. Once settled, the construction began and the appearance of the street changed forever...
Hilda Ogden was a resident of 13 Coronation Street from 1964 to 1987. The devoted wife of Stan, Hilda and her husband were the roughnecks of Coronation Street and had frequent clashes with their neighbours. Hilda and Stan were life's losers. Due to Stan's drunken rages, two of their children - Tony and Sylvia - were taken into council care, and their other two children - Irma and Trevor - ran away from home. They lived on the breadline, with Hilda holding up to five charing jobs at once just to keep the house going, compensating for Stan who ducked out of work whenever possible to drink and laze around. No one knew Stan's flaws better than Hilda, who often had to nag him out to work, but for the most part she doted on him and defended him vehemently against his detractors. Except for the rare social occasions, Hilda wore her hair in curlers and a headscarf. She was the Street's principal gossip and revelled in spreading it around, particularly if it could cause trouble. As a result, she had no real friends in the Street, and the neighbours treated her and Stan like a joke - a matter which greatly upset Hilda. As part of her continuing quest to gain the respect and envy of the neighbours, Hilda erected a mural on No.13's parlour wall. She also considered herself a skilled clairvoyant, and offered teacup readings for a fee.
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