New home for Weatherfield’s famous cobbles

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Coronation Street stars strolled along a new set of cobbles yesterday as they launched the new purpose-built set – an exact replica in a fresh location.

Fittingly it was Sue Nicholls, who plays hairdresser Audrey Roberts, who was wielding the scissors as she snipped the red tape surrounded by fellow stars.

Cast members from Coronation Street stand behind a ribbon on the new set

Cast members from Coronation Street stand behind a ribbon on the new set

The new set is based at Salford Quays close to the BBC’s HQ and this fifth interpretation of the celebrated street took about 3,000 workers more than two years to create.

Nicholls said yesterday: “I know we all have our favourites but people come, people go and the Street goes on. The Street is the star, the cobbles are the star and that’s how it should be.” Although it has been a painstaking recreation, there have been a few deliberate changes. The street is actually 2.5ft wider to allow cars to pass more easily.