Corrie legend Julie Goodyear MBE has announced she will be donating a large chunk of her character’s jewellery to be auctioned off.
Julie played the Rovers Return legend Bet Lynch from 1966 to 2003, and is one of the most recognisable characters, donning unforgettable amounts of cheetah print, bright lipstick and plenty of gold chains.
She’ll be auctioning off the jewellery in aid of Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton-under-Lyne, as they can no longer go ahead with their 21st anniversary due to Covid-19 restrictions.
She said: “I have always taken a keen interest in Willow Wood Hospice, which is a fantastic local charity, as their founding patron was my dear friend Roy Barraclough who played my screen husband Alec.
“When I heard that they had been forced to cancel almost all their fundraising events in this, their 21st year, I wanted to do something to help.”
Among one of the items is the iconic bird cage earrings that Bet wore as she left the Rovers in 1995.
Karen Houlston, Willow Wood Hospice’s chief executive, said: “We are very proud of our links with Roy Barraclough and his family, who continue to support us, and thrilled that Julie has chosen to help us in this way.
“The hospice relies on volunteers and charitable donations to serve the community of Tameside and Glossop and this year has been tough.”
Next month, Willow Wood were set to have a Corrie-themed fundraiser to run alongside the soap’s 60th Birthday, however the plans have been scrapped due to the pandemic.
The charity has patrons including the late Roy Barraclough and Last of the Summer Wine’s Kathy Staff, who also played Vera Hopkins in Corrie.
Currently, Julie Hesmondhalgh who played Hayley Cropper in the soap is also a patron.
Karen added: “We have a lot of Corrie fans amongst our supporters and volunteers so were really looking forward to a pint, a bowl of hotpot and a lot of Corrie anecdotes from our patron Mark Llewellin who has been connected with the show for over two decades and a Coronation Street tour guide and expert.
“It was such a shame when we had to cancel and of course, it has certainly affected us financially.”
As part of the new fundraising, patron Mark Llewellin – who has been connected to the show and is a Coronation Street tour guide and expert – has created a fan film about the show with many of the cast making an appearance.
The film will feature tales from the shows last 60 years and will feature the likes of Julie Goodyear, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Amanda Barrie, Jennie McAlpine, Sally Ann Matthews and Ted Robbins.
Karen said: “Rather than just showing it to our existing supporters we are hoping that Corrie fans around the world will make a donation and download the film to watch at home wherever they are.
“Every penny will go to providing palliative care and to support those in our community with other long-term issues such as dementia.
“We can’t thank people enough – Corrie fans are definitely streets ahead!”
The Chase welcomes former contestant as brand new Chaser ‘The Menace’
There’s a brand new Chaser in town named ‘The Menace’ ready to battle with contestants.
Irish genius, Darragh Ennis is a neuroscientist who first appeared on the show in 2017 where he played against Paul and performed incredibly.
He won a whopping amount of money that was dramatically decreased by the other contestants on the episode.
The brainbox will be joining Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan, Shaun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Wallace, Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett, Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty and Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha and will be called ‘The Menace’
Darragh said: “I’m so pleased to be the sixth Chaser. It’s brilliant to be on such an amazing quiz team, and so much fun working with Bradley Walsh.
“It’s such an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to take on more contestants!”
Host Bradley Walsh joked: “Another Chaser? ANOTHER CHASER? That’s another person cleverer than me on The Chase. I must have words with the producers.
“But I can’t wait to educate Darragh on the important things in life; custard creams, cowboy films and real ale.”
Fans are delighted Darragh will become the sixth Chaser and that no one is leaving.
One wrote: “Exciting but reallyyyy strange seeing a new Chaser in the chair!”
While another added: “I know! I know I’m late and feck me, it’s the newbie!!! About time!! #TheChase “
He’s already had his first stab of the show but it didn’t go too well as the first player beat him.
What do you make of the newbie?
Dr Hilary explains the devastating impact celebrating Christmas could have in ‘impassioned speech’
Is it really worth it?
Dr Hilary Jones shares what he thinks of the potential five-day easing of lockdown to allow for Christmas celebrations.
He delivered what is being described as an ‘impassioned’ speech detailing why the country should forego Christmas this year.
Addressing the reports of a 25-day lockdown for a five-day easing of lockdown at Christmas, he said: “Estimates, of course. It is based on the fact that if you have so many households coming together, the prevalence of the disease already would mean more ( coronavirus ) cases.
“You are going to transmit the virus to more households and more people. This would inevitably lead to more hospitalisations.
“Every day, they have calculated, would require five extra days of toughened restrictions and measures.
“So five days of Christmas festivities means 25 days of lockdown. It all has to be balanced – think of the economy, and what that does to people’s mental health.
“They talk about balance of risk all the time and that is exactly what it is.
“Piers pointed out yesterday how other religious groups had had to forego their festivities. They have made that sacrifice. One has to question whether five days at Christmas, to have those parties, that roast turkey, really warrants shutting down the country.
“That is a question the government has to ask.”
Ben Shephard replied: “We do not know, do we Hilary? We do not know yet the effectiveness of this lockdown because of the lag.
“We can see the new infections and cases flatlining – they are NOT increasing. But we are two or three weeks behind in terms of the data.”
What do you think?
This Morning viewers in tears after lonely pensioner rings in just for a chat
This Morning viewers were left in tears earlier today after a lonely pensioner made a heartbreaking call to the programme.
The 87-year-old phoned into the show for a chat, telling the presenters that nobody had visited her since the start of the first lockdown in March.
Margaret revealed that she had left hospital just the day before lockdown back in March, and that she’s been on her own since then.
She explained: “There’s only eight houses in my little area and not one neighbour’s come to see me.”
Margaret said she was ‘delighted’ to chat to someone when she managed to speak to Phillip Schofield, Alison Hammond and their guest Brian Conley this morning, adding that she ended up in hospital just before lockdown.
She said: “I got home the day before lockdown and I’ve been on my own ever since. I’ve never seen anyone since I came home, since March.
“I live in a very lonely area. There’s only eight houses in my little area and not one neighbour’s come to see me.
“Things aren’t sociable the way they were when we were young.”
Viewers were heartbroken by her incredibly sad story, with one tweeting: “I’m sat here in tears for Margaret. I so wish I lived nearby.
“I know she is probably not the only elder that has had no contact and it’s truly heartbreaking.”
Another added: “Margaret has got me in tears. How are we failing people like this. No one should be on there [sic] own like that.
“Say hello, how are you. Learn people’s names. Go back to childhood methods of being friendly.”
Phil urged her to reach out to someone, saying: “You’re only 87, there’s still a lot to do. The most important thing is that you reach out. If they don’t reach out to you, you reach out to your friends.”