Coronation Street unveils new on-set memorial to Manchester Arena victims

From BBC - March 12, 2018

A bench dedicated to Martyn Hett and the other victims of last May's Manchester Arena bomb attack has been installed on the Coronation Street set.

Hett, a superfan of the soap, was among the 22 people who died in the attack.

The bench's colourful design includes flowers and Manchester's bee emblem. A plaque says: "We stand together."

It is in a new area of the show's set, which was unveiled on Monday. Hett's partner Russell Hayward said the permanent memorial "means a lot".

"It's so wonderful what the Corrie family have done," Hayward told BBC News. "The bench is extraordinary - it's beautiful - and I think he would be beside himself.

"It's just the most bittersweet thing. I ca not thank them enough for what they have done.

"Considering Martyn's biggest passion was Coronation Street, to know that he is part of the set now forever, there are no words for it."


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