TV stars swap Corrie’s cobbles for Sheffield care home

Visit: Coronation Street actor Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs, and his wife Lucy Hudson with Herries Lodge resident Rita Lewis, left.''         PICTURE: GLENN ASHLEY.
Visit: Coronation Street actor Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs, and his wife Lucy Hudson with Herries Lodge resident Rita Lewis, left.'' PICTURE: GLENN ASHLEY.
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A CARE home dining room was turned into ‘Roy’s Rolls’ when Coronation Street’s hapless mechanic Tyrone Dobbs popped in for a coffee.

Actor Alan Halsall and his real-life wife Lucy-Jo Hudson, who played Katy Harris in Corrie from 2002 to 2005 and now stars in ITV drama Wild at Heart, were invited to Herries Lodge Care Home, Tenyham Road, Shirecliffe, as part of a Coronation Street-themed day organised for residents.

The dining room was re-named Roy’s Rolls - after the cafe on Coronation Street - and residents were served breakfast rolls, drinks and pastries while Alan and Lucy-Jo chatted to them and their relatives, signed autographs and posed for photographs.

Brenda Shaw, aged in her late 80s, had only been in the home for a week when she met her first ever celebrities.

She said: “I have never known anything like this, it’s a lovely treat for us all. I have never met anyone famous before.”

Bill Mason, 95, who moved into the home three months ago, said: “I watch Coronation Street whenever it is on, it’s one of my favourite programmes. I can still remember all the old characters and it was good to meet somebody from the show.”

Alan, who has been in the long-running soap since 1998, described the home as ‘more like a hotel’ and joked he had put his name down for a place.

It offers 47 beds for people living with dementia and is run by Leeds-based Ideal Care Homes.

He said: “We started visiting homes 18 months ago and didn’t know what to expect at first - my nan used to be in a home and it wasn’t a nice place really, this is more like a five-star hotel - they are all of this kind of standard - I’ve got my name down already.

“A lot of the people we talk to have been watching Corrie for longer than we have been alive - so they can tell me more about the show than I can tell them. They like to talk about the favourites such as Hilda Ogden.”

Mark Greaves, managing director of Ideal Care Homes, said: “All the residents watch Coronation Street together so this is a special day for them.”