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Nostalgia: Coronation Street turns 20

Coronation Street creator and screenwriter Tony Warren. June 4, 1980. © Mirrorpix

1980

June 4

Coronation Street designer Tony Warren poses for the press outside the corner shop on the set of Granada to mark the 20e popular soap year.

First broadcast in December 1960, Coronation Street was actually based on Salford’s Archie Street. Warren scoured Manchester for days looking for a suitable model.

The Manchester-produced show reached its 10,000th episode on February 7, 2020. An original character, Ken Barlow played by William Roache, is still on the show 62 years later.

1953

June 3

Women of the Combined Services create the letter ‘E’ for Queen Elizabeth during rehearsals in Wilmslow for the upcoming Royal Tournament in the coronation year.

Girls from all three services (WRNS, WRAC, WRAF) are trained at Wilmslow for display before the Queen at the Royal Tournament. June 1953. © Mirrorpix

The three groups involved were the Women’s Royal Naval Services, the Women’s Royal Army Corps and the Women’s Royal Air Force. The letter “R” was also formed for the event.

The Queen was crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. It was the first coronation to be fully televised.

1944

June 6

Prayers are offered in St Ann’s Church, Manchester, as news filter through of the Allied landings in Normandy on D-Day. France’s liberation mission had begun.

One of the short services in progress at St Anne’s Church in Manchester following the announcement of the successful landings in Normandy, northern France.© Mirrorpix

The largest seaborne invasion in history began with a massive air and naval bombardment followed by an air assault shortly after midnight.

More than 24,000 British, American and Canadian troops cleared the way for Allied infantry and armored divisions to land on the French coast at 6:30 a.m.

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