Coronation Street to mark fifth anniversary of Manchester Arena bombing

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Coronation Street will mark the fifth anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing with an on-screen reference.

Soap bosses have confirmed special scenes airing later this month will feature long-time enemies Gail Platt and Eileen Grimshaw putting aside their long-running feud for the occasion.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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In new scenes, Gail and Eileen place flowers by the memorial bench in Victoria Garden in commemoration of the more than 20 people who died in the 2017 bombing and more than 1,000 others who were injured.

These scenes are set to air on Friday, May 20 at 8pm on ITV, two days before the anniversary because Coronation Street won't be airing on the actual date.

The soap initially recognised the lives lost and those injured two days after the tragedy with an on-screen message using the "We Stand Together" motto used in Manchester.

Coronation Street is filmed in Manchester, so the cast and crew of the ITV soap felt it was important to "show our support for the victims of the bombing and the people of this great city", according to a statement released at the time.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Soap bosses subsequently introduced a permanent tribute to the victims on the Coronation Street set with the installation of a memorial bench in honour of Corrie superfan Martyn Hett, who was killed in the bombing.

As part of the Victoria Garden set extension, a bench was added along with the inscription: "For Martyn and all those who lost their lives on 22nd May 2017. We Stand Together."

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.

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