Priest Called In To Exorcise The Haunted Coronation Street Set
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Proving that one priest in Manchester has nothing better to do with his time and that the beliefs of the Catholic church are stuck in the dark ages, an exorcism has been carried out on the old set of Coronation Street at Granada Studios.
The exorcist was called in after the cast of the long-running British TV show and guests to the set reported "banging noises" and even poltergeist activity ahead of a music event called Granadaland which is due to take place next weekend at the Manchester studio.
The moment the priest performs the ancient ritual in the studio's soundstage was caught on CCTV.
The festival takes places to celebrate the demolition of the old Coronation Street set which has stood in Granada's studios for over 30 years, but while preparing for the three-day music festival, a band who have not been named were freaked out by noises and even exploding equipment.
The band, one of the tribute acts on the lined up threatened to walk out during rehearsals unless the ghostly activity was dealt with, leaving the event's manager, Christopher Wandsworth no choice but to call in a Roman Catholic priest.
Apparently, Corrie actors have reported supernatural occurrences on the old set for years, many believing it to be the ghost of Pat Phoenix who played Elsie Tanner in the soap before her death in 1986. Sue Cleaver, who plays Eileen Grimshaw, said "so many people have seen and felt the same things that there has to be something in it."
Coronation Street was one of the oldest permanent outdoor television sets in the world until it was demolished earlier this year. It was built in 1982, replacing a smaller scale set built on some nearby railway sidings which had been used to film the show since 1968, prior to that the show was filmed on a mock-up street erected inside one of Granada Television's studios.
The 1982, almost full-size exterior street was built complete with its famous cobbles in the Granada backlot and was opened by the Queen, however after almost 30 years of service, the street moved to a bigger location at the new Media City outside Manchester in 2015.
The soap's bosses have said they're planning on expanding the new set, something that wasn't possible in its old location. The plans include new shops, more houses, a school, a police station and even a court.
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