Ken Barlow's arty knicker tribute

Bill Roache

Coronation Street actor Bill Roache

'Coronation Street' womaniser Ken Barlow is being honoured with a piece of artwork made out of 25 pairs of knickers, to signify each of his soap lovers.

Ken Barlow is being honoured with a painting made from 25 pairs of knickers.

The womanising 'Coronation Street' character - who has been portrayed by Bill Roache for the past 50 years - has been paid tribute to by artist Sian Doherty, in the form of a canvas featuring a pair of lacy black pants to signify each of his 25 screen lovers.

However, the artist is concerned with how the 78-year-old actor will react when he sees the multi-textured painting.

Describing her work, Sian explained: "Ken's silhouette, and one representing all the women in his life, are made from black lacy underwear. Having researched William and his character, I'm now a huge fan. William hasn't seen it yet. I'm a bit nervous but I think he has a good sense of humour so I hope he likes it."

The piece is called 'Soap Bubble' and will be auctioned off in Bolton today (24.09.10), in tribute to the ITV1 show's 50th anniversary later this year.

Sian - who used her own discarded knickers in this piece - has previously created artwork from a pair of pants donated by Bill's former 'Coronation Street' co-star Denise Welch.


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