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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".

Tom Murray Tom Murray may refer to:
  • Tom Murray (curler), Scottish winner of the Olympic Gold medal in curling at the inaugural Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France
  • Tom Murray (politician), a local politician in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
, who owns the Cavendish Arms, said visitors had flocked to the village since Mavis first mentioned it.

"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.
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Author:May, Fiona
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Oct 5, 1997
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