That’s not the Rovers Return… it’s the Royal George!

A GREENFIELD pub has landed a starring role in an iconic TV soap.

Two bar staff also found themselves thrust into the spotlight as extras when a Coronation Street production crew recently descended on the Manchester Road hostelry.

Maintenance man Tommy Morrell, pub owner Jason Worthington, actor Connor McIntyre, and bar staff Lucy Goodier and Deborah Gittings

Actor Connor McIntyre, who plays bad guy Pat Phelan, was among cast members filming scenes due to be screened in January.

A 40-strong Corrie team, including security staff, make-up artists, sound technicians and camera crew, spent around six hours shooting action for a future episode.

Landlord Jason Worthington and his staff are sworn to secrecy about what happened behind closed doors. But he did reveal: “We had to put up our Christmas trees earlier than normal.

“To be honest, I don’t watch Coronation Street…but I might have to now,” he laughed.

“They originally contacted us about a month ago about coming to do some filming,” added Jason.

“They said they had been in the area looking at other pubs but hadn’t found what they were looking for.

“In the end, we only really had to close for a couple of hours. They were on site, setting up from around 7.30am and had finished around 1.30pom.”

Tommy getting to grips with Connor, who plays villain Pat Phelan

The extra bonus for staff members, Lucy and Deborah, was a chance to appear in the scenes.

“A couple of the girls asked if they could get a part.

“So, they were even more excited when they were told they would be paid as well.”

A posting on the pub’s Facebook added: “For those of you wondering it was that bad boy Phelan who was filming in here from Coronation Street. He’s actually a really really nice guy.

“All the crew from #itv #coronationstreet were fantastic.”

Earlier this year, the Royal George was named JW Lees’ Regional Pub of the Year as well as winning joint first place with The White Lion in Delph for Saddleworth in Bloom.


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