A priest has carried out an exorcism at the old Coronation Street set
For years ITV1 soap stars and even its creator Tony Warren have complained of spooky apparitions or visions on the old set, at Granada Studios, in Manchester.
Earlier this month preparations began for the three-day ‘Granadaland’ party – a festival to mark the demolition of the old ‘cobbles’ Street set and historic Granada city centre studios.
But a 1960s tribute act threatened to quit the show after being left repeatedly petrified by ghostly goings-on during their rehearsals.
The band reported equipment ‘exploding’ for no reason, strange banging noises despite being alone in rehearsals and an “electric” feeling that made their hair tingle and stand like static.
So festival organisers were forced to hire an unnamed Roman Catholic priest to perform an exorcism on Corrie’s old soundstage – to ask the ghouls to leave in peace.
Granadaland organiser Christopher Wandsworth confirmed: “We wanted to make sure that everyone was happy before the event.
A Roman Catholic priest performs an exorcism on Corrie’s old soundstage
“But the act threatened to pull out unless we did something.
An exorcism was our last resort
“An exorcism was our last resort. Without acts, after all, we don’t have a show.
“We know there have been numerous rumours over the years about paranormal happenings in the studios, and we know many put this down to their location.
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“It’s scary that the studios might actually be haunted.”
For decades Coronation Street back-room staff and cast members have reported ghostly happenings
For decades since Coronation Street began, back-room staff and cast members have reported ghostly goings-on at the famous cobbles.
There have been several sightings of a ghostly figure with “long dark hair that wears a long coat”.
Some believe it to be the spirit of Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner before she died in 1986 from lung cancer.
Actress Sue Cleaver, who played Eileen Grimshaw, once said: “So many people have seen and felt the same things that there has to be something in it.”
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While Corrie’s now deceased creator, Tony Warren, famously admitted: “I would smell this great gale of perfume.
“After Pat (Phoenix) died, one of my dogs – who would always go bananas when Pat came to the house – suddenly started to behave as if she was there again.”
In 2014, an ITV guide at the set reported seeing ‘a child and a woman dressed in Victorian clothes’ and another woman who appeared to ‘float before disappearing into thin air’.
There were also reports of a curse on the set after a run of bad luck which included director Kay Patrick, 58, being run down after a car’s accelerator jammed.
Deceased creator Tony Warren famously admitted to ghostly goings on
There is substantial historical evidence that the studios were built on top of a graveyard.
In 2005 the cast of TV show Most Haunted visited Granada Studios to investigate the old Coronation Street set, after a number of reports of paranormal activity.
Parapsychologist Dr Ciaran O’Keefe, who probed the reports for the Living TV show, concluded a ghost could have “risen from the spirits under the set”.
The studios closed in June 2013, and ITV Granada and ITV Studios moved to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays and Trafford Quays.
In 2013 the Granada Studios site was sold for £26 million with all but Granada House being fattened and turned into office’s and new housing.