A schoolgirl has been filming on Coronation Street’s famous cobbles after visiting the set of her favourite soap.
Hannah Cross was taken to Weatherfield by the Make-A-Wish Foundation after a gruelling year of intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment for bone cancer.
The 12-year-old, a pupil at St George’s Academy, Sleaford, was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in August last year, undergoing treatment at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
When she was asked by Make-A-Wish what treat she would like them to arrange, Hannah chose to visit the Corrie set with mum and dad Donna and Simon, and her 14-year-old brother Callum.
After a chauffeur-driven ride to the studio, Corrie stars Kate Ford (Tracey Barlow) and Cherylee Houston (Izzy Armstrong) gave Hannah and her family a guided tour of the set.
‘It was really strange, walking around the set’ @Hannah Cross
Hannah was then allowed to watch an episode being filmed – followed by the biggest surprise of all when she was invited to be an extra in one of the scenes.
In a piece to be shown in January, Hannah was in the background near Roy’s Rolls as Ben Price (Nick Tilsley) ran down the street with a new character.
“It was really strange, walking around the set that you see on TV all the time with these famous characters,” said Hannah, who lives with her family at RAF Cranwell. Hannah was then able to meet many of her favourite stars and enjoyed an added bonus as the horse from hit West End play War Horse was on set for a photoshoot.
Hannah’s dad, Simon, had been a Make-A-Wish volunteer even before Hannah’s diagnosis. He said was she was now on maintenance chemotherapy until March and has monthly MRI scans to check the cancer has not returned. Her long-term prognosis is unknown.
“I’ve been volunteering for this amazing charity for nearly five years and met so many brave children and their families in that time,” he said.
“To then find out my own child had cancer was extremely difficult for the whole family to deal with. However, I knew that to have a wish would give us something to look forward to and enjoy with no thoughts of hospital or treatments.
“We now have amazing memories of the wish experience and look forward to seeing our own ‘stars’ as extras on the show.”