SCHMEICHEL, OZZY AND ECCLES RETURN TO THE FORMER CORRIE SET TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL PET MONTH
In celebration of National Pet Month three of Corrie's favourite pets made an appearance at Coronation Street The Tour yesterday.
Our visitors were able to meet and have a picture taken with Chesney’s Great Dane Schmeichel, Maria’s Labrador Ozzy and the Barlow’s Border Terrier Eccles.
The pets’ handlers Anne and Clive Lunt, owners of Animal Capers, accompanied the loveable Corrie canines to the tour to and answered questions and offered advice on being a responsible pet owner.
Michael Bellingham, Chairman of National Pet Month said:
“National Pet Month: April 1 – May 4 provides us with a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the fantastic impact pets can have on our lives, to promote the importance of responsible pet ownership and to raise cash for the UK’s wonderful pet charities.
“Pets help to enrich and enhance our communities in so many ways and it’s great to see that reflected in popular dramas like Coronation Street.
“We’re delighted to hear that the Corrie pets have been treading the cobbles during National Pet Month. What a wonderful added bonus for fans visiting Coronation Street The Tour!”
The character of Schmeichel was played by four different Great Danes, the final animal actor to play the role was also called Schmeichel and was the grandson of Spike, the third dog to play Chesney’s beloved pet. It is this Schmeichel who returned to the Quay Street studios after filming his final scenes back in 2011.
Both Ozzy and Eccles still appear on the screen and took a break from filming to pay a visit to the former Coronation Street set.
Coronation Street The Tour General Manager Andy Begg said:
“Personal appearances at the tour have always proved very popular and this one was no exception. Our visitors loved have the Corrie pets here and even got to pick up and cuddle little Eccles. It is great that we can show our support and help raise awareness of National Pet Month whilst also enhancing our visitors’ experience.”