Neighbours cast pays tribute to Coronation Street for 60th anniversary

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 October 2020
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The 'Neighbours' cast has paid tribute to 'Coronation Street' with a special 60th anniversary video message

The cast of 'Neighbours' has sent 'Coronation Street' a special 60th anniversary message.

The ITV soap will celebrate 60 years on air on December 9, and several stars of the Australian show have paid tribute to its longevity with some sweet video clips.

Karl Kennedy actor Alan Fletcher said: "You are the benchmark for all of us in this industry.

"I well remember watching the show when I was a little nipper with my mum on the couch back in Perth. Have a fantastic celebration – wish I could be there."

Rebekah Elmaloglou (Terese Willis) admitted the 'Neighbours' team hope to build a similar legacy by reaching the same "ripe old age".

She added: "We're only 35 and we are crossing our fingers that we will get to that beautiful, ripe old age."

And Colette Mann – who plays Sheila Canning – quipped: "You know that 'Coronation Street' is even younger than me?"

Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy) also joined in the tribute, as she thanked 'Corrie' for all "the memories" and praised its "legacy".

She added: "I can't imagine how many stories you've told and how many lives you've touched over that time.

"For all of us working in soap and episodic television, it all began with you."

The special video comes after Joanna Lumley reprised her 'Corrie' role as Elaine Perkins – who she played for eight episodes in 1973 – from behind the Rovers Return bar.

In the video posted on Corrie's Twitter account, she said: "I can hardly believe I'm saying this – I'm saying happy birthday to 'Coronation Street' for 60 years.

"It's unbelievable, and what makes it even more unbelievable (is) that I, Elaine Perkins, who was never allowed in the Rovers Return.

"And now behind here, I'm holding up my glass and saying to you all, all the cast and crew then and now: Happy, happy birthday, a thousand congratulations and in my heart I shall always be part of 'Corrie'.

"Bless you, sweethearts, cheers!"

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