Deirdre Barlow's prize glasses under watch as Coronation Street tours open to public

By Culture24 Reporter | 04 April 2014

Coronation Street's home has scrubbed up to offer soap fans real-life drama

A photo of a security man holding a pair of glasses in a case outside a pub on a street
A famous Manchester street is set for a dramatic display© Rob Evans Photography
It is nearly 42 years since the long-suffering Deirdre Barlow first appeared on the dramatic merry-go-round of Coronation Street. Accruing fame through sheer longevity, her glasses are just as recognisable as the character herself, which perhaps explains why their arrival at Quay Street, where public tours of the Street will begin this weekend, was facilitated through a security escort.

Lenders MediaCity have apparently allowed the specs to tour on the provision that they are kept under 24-hour surveillance. They will join equally immortal props including Ena Sharples’ hair net, Hilda Ogden’s curlers and Vera Duckworth’s hooped earrings for the duration of the cobbled path’s opening.

An intensive training programme has allowed 36 tour guides to offer their expertise on the tour, described as an “access all areas pass” of the dressing rooms, wardrobes and interior sets. The windows, lawns, sets and floors have all been spruced up, with the tours set to continue until October.

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A photo of a set of glasses on a small white case next to a mannequin wearing a net
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