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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Coronation Street star to meet fans at Cumbrian town's jubilee festival

Coronation Street star Michelle Collins is to visit Cumbria for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Michelle, who plays Rovers Return pub landlady Stella Price in the soap, will meet fans at Whitehaven at the Diamond Jubilee Festival on the afternoon of Sunday, June 3.

There will also be a return visit from The Red Arrows, whose displays will light up the skies above the harbour also on the Sunday afternoon.

Michelle will go down in soap history being among a small number to swap the cobbles for Albert Square having played leading roles in both Coronation Street and EastEnders, where she starred for a decade as the villainous Cindy Beale.

In between times, she starred in shows including Real Women, Sunburn and Two Thousand Acres of Sky.

Gerard Richardson, Whitehaven Festival CEO, said: “She’s about the biggest soap star there is at the moment and I’m sure she’ll prove a very popular guest at this year’s festival.”

Michelle will be on hand to meet fans on the Sugar Tongue and Bulwark Quay.

Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke has already been confirmed for a guest appearance on the Saturday.

The return of the Red Arrows is a major coup for the festival as they are much in demand across the country during the Diamond Jubilee weekend. Gerard said: “To get the Red Arrows is mega and speaks volumes for the festival.

“We invited them, along with hundreds of other places in the UK, and it was their personal choice to come back.

“To start the weekend with Katherine Jenkins and end with the Red Arrows, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with the best the British has to offer.”

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