MAVIS MANIA HITS LAKELAND VILLAGE.A Quiet corner of the Lake District is enjoying a tourist boom - thanks to Mavis Wilton Mavis Wilton, (née Riley), was one of Coronation Street's most renowned characters between 1971 and 1997.
Although born in Weatherfield, Mavis was brought up in Grange-Over-Sands, where her parents, despite being tee-total, ran an off licence. from Coronation Street Coronation Street is an award-winning British soap opera. It is the longest-running television soap opera in the United Kingdom, first broadcast on Friday, 9 December, 1960 in the Granada region of ITV. .
Millions of viewers have watched as dithering Mavis prepares to quit the Street to run a bed and breakfast in the village of Cartmel in South Cumbria.
Now the village, previously best known for its twice-yearly race meetings, has been hit by "Mavis mania".
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"I have never been so full as I have in the last three weeks. Before this the greatest excitement was when the council came and painted white lines on the road," said Mr Murray, who was sent a signed picture of Mavis by programme-makers Granada after he wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter offering her a job as a housekeeper.
Local restaurant owner Robert Johnson added: "The effect has been really significant. The area is particularly idyllic in the autumn and it is always good to see more people."
Viewers will see recently-widowed Mavis, played by actress Thelma Barlow, bow out of the soap in a week's time when she packs her bags for the Lakes.
But fans looking for Mave's B&B will be disappointed. All the "Cartmel" scenes were shot at a house in the countryside just outside Manchester.