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Shane MacGowan to appear on Coronation Street

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Coronation Street - Shane MacGowan

Shane MacGowan is set to make an appearance in ITV’s Coronation Street. Shane headed up to Manchester to film the scenes this month – and stopped in for a pint at the legendary Rovers Return whilst he was there.

In the episode he’ll be performing a special version of The Pogues’ Christmas classic ‘Fairytale of New York’ (renamed ‘Fairytale of Weatherfield’ for this occasion) – accompanied by Coronation Street cast members.

The episode is part of ITV’s Text Santa initiative which raises funds for UK charities including Age UK, Banardos and British Heart Foundation.

Tune in on 20th December to see what happened when Shane went to Weatherfield…

Philip Chevron: 17 June 1957 – 8 October 2013

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Philip Chevron“The news of Philip’s death on Tuesday morning, from complications brought about by throat cancer, has hurt us terribly. Philip was first diagnosed with the disease in 2006 and after a gruelling period of chemotherapy which he had fought with such dignity, strength and heroism, he was declared to be in remission. But in a tragic stroke last August he returned from visiting his oncologist with the harrowing news that his cancer had returned, and that this time it was inoperable. It has been no consolation that we have all had months to prepare for the worst; when the worst came yesterday morning, the preparations we had made turned out to be futile, and the impact has been felt very deeply. The hole that his death has left will be huge. He was a remarkable and fantastically talented colleague, but most of all a friend. Our thoughts go out to his fans, who loved him unanimously. But above all, our thoughts are now with his family, with those he held dear and who have held him dear. Philip will be missed terribly and will always be in our hearts.”
The Pogues

”Shane extends his sympathy to the Ryan family on Philip’s passing,  his spirit will live on in eternity. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Shane MacGowan