Here at the Lantern Pike Inn we can justifiably claim to be the cradle of the worlds longest running soap ~ Coronation Street . It was here in 1960 that Tony Warren (the creator of the street) first penned some of the early episodes of Coronation Street. Below can be seen a montage of some of the early cast. He also very kindly wrote a note confirming his Lantern Pike connection which can be seen at the bottom left hand side of the pictures.
Do you remember the mirror that was always hanging in the pub? In 1986 Granada decided to give the pub a facelift so they staged a fictional fire. All the original props were auctioned off and Mr Alan Hart, the former News of the World Showbiz journalist bid on it and won. Come along to the pub and check out this fascinating piece of TV heritage
Also part of the 1986 clearout was the very famous Rovers Return doors, again Alan Hart acquired them at the same auction. They can be seen today proudly hanging on the walls here at the Lantern Pike
Extract from The Buxton Advertiser
STREET LEGEND VISITS CORRIE'S CRADLE
"The man who plays Coronation Street legend Jack Duckworth paid a visit
to the pub where the soap saga was conceived 50 years ago. Bill Tarmey, who has
filmed his final scenes as Jack, visited The Lantern Pike Inn at Little Hayfield
where the show's creator penned the first episodes back in 1960.
Bill, who was posing for photos for the serialisation of his autobiography, took a turn at pulling pints behind the bar. "It's better than the Rovers," quipped Bill. "You've got real beer here." Bill was fascinated by the memorabilia in the pub's Corrie corner. It was here that the show's creator, Tony Warren, wrote the earliest episodes of Britain's best-loved and most enduring TV programme. The actor was especially interested in seeing once again the original doors of the Rovers Return, which was destroyed in a fire started by bungling Jack in 1986. Bill, 69, who has retired after 31 years in the role, also posed for photos alongside Tom and Stella Cunliffe, the pub landlord and his wife. Said Tom: "Corrie has always been my favourite programme and Jack Duckworth is everyone's favourite character. "It was a real treat to meet him and find out what a super bloke he is in real life."
The venue was chosen for a photo session by the Daily Mirror to serialise his autobiography, "Jack Duckworth And Me," by Bill Tarmey with Alan Hart. The book was published by Simon and Schuster on October 14 and is tipped to be a best seller. "