TWO barmaids from Stalybridge have landed parts as extras in Britain’s most famous Soap Opera.
Deborah Gittings from Carrbrook and Lucy Goodier of Millbrook were thrust into the spotlight when cast and crew from Coronation Street descended on the Royal George in Saddleworth for location shooting.
The excited pair were even paid for their time when Christmas came early to the popular Manchester Road hostelry on the Mossley/Greenfield border.
Now, viewing figures for the enduring ITV programme will be boosted with Deborah, 27, and 19-year-old Lucy urging family and friends to tune in when their episode is expected to be aired on January 4, 2018.
News of Deborah’s new found fame has already delighted one relative.
“My nan, Kathleen, loves Corrie,” laughed Deborah who has worked at the Royal George for five months.
“I must admit I don’t watch it that much which is probably a good job otherwise I would have been so star struck.”
The highest profile Corrie name involved when cameras rolled was actor Connor McIntyre, playing the notorious Pat Phelan.
The plot line, however, remains under wraps though it looks as though Phelan won’t go down for his crimes before the Christmas decorations.
“It was really interested being involved,” added Deborah.
“And it will be my birthday when the programme goes out on January 4.”
Lucy has worked at the Royal George since 2015 and got to enjoy her 15 minutes of fame prior to leaving to become an air hostess.
“It’s a pity we didn’t get a speaking part because we would have been paid more,” she grinned. “I’d love to be famous.
“They filmed us taking food orders and waiting on tables. So, hopefully our scenes won’t be cut out.
“It’s certainly something to remember my time at the Royal George.”