Alan Halsall, who plays Alan on Coronation Street, has revealed that the Queen’s visit to the Corrie set in July to commemorate the soap’s 60th anniversary left him feeling a certain way.
Alan, who plays mechanic Tyrone Dobbs, was quizzed on the day by Janet Street-Porter, a new Corrie star herself, on Tuesday’s Loose Women with Jennie McAlpine, who plays his estranged partner Fiz.
‘Honestly, it was one of the best days of my life; I couldn’t believe it!’ he exclaimed. ‘The tingles I felt when she stepped out of that automobile onto the cobblestones were incredible.’
‘I look dead angry there but I’m not, I just wanted to remember it all and take it all in!’ the star joked as they showed pictures of the Queen meeting the cast, including a serious-looking Alan.
He also claimed that the cast had received etiquette training, saying, ‘I remember pulling my bow out extremely early because I wanted to do everything perfectly.’
‘It was an incredible day, and I was so proud to be a part of Coronation Street on that day – and to make our families proud by meeting the Queen.’
The 39-year-old also talked about her days on the cobbles with former co-star Denise Welch, who was also on the panel.
Denise’s son Louis’ 21st birthday, with whom she was pregnant when she left the soap, helped them figure out the history of their working relationship.
Denise commented, after showing scenes from more than two decades ago, “I still think of you and Jenny like that, it’s so silly!” Alan and Jennie have been regulars on the show for half their lives, they said.
Alan also revealed that he had originally signed up for a three-month stint as a mechanic and had learned “nothing” about cars during his time there.
‘I wasn’t expecting to remain on Coronation Street for this long — I remember I was told three months at the start? It’s now been 23 years!’