Coronation Street stalwart William Roache marks the 10,000th episode tonight 60 years after appearing in the first


CORRIE stalwart William Roache marks the 10,000th episode tonight, 60 years after appearing in the first.

The actor is the longest serving character on Britains longest-running soap.

William Roache, 87, appears as Ken Barlow in Corrie’s 10,000th episode

Coronation Street legend Roache in the soap’s first episode 60 years ago

The 87-year-old, who plays Ken Barlow, and girlfriend Claudia Colby, played by Rula Lenska, 70, join a residents bus trip to Blackpool planned by Rovers landlady Jenny Connor Sally Ann Matthews, 49.

Fans can look forward to an hour-long special to mark the gigantic soap landmark.

Corrie boss Iain MacLeod hoped the episode would be a classic and said it was not without dramas.

It will see tragedy strike during a coach trip to Blackpool and leave one character with the realisation they need to move on to pastures new.

In the upcoming anniversary episode, Rita is shocked when she receives the ashes of her estranged husband Dennis in the post along with a note requesting she scatter them in Blackpool.

Jenny gets wind of Ritas mission and decides to organise a day out for the residents – which will end in disaster.

According to ITV, the episode will see memories shared, secrets aired and tensions rise as it starts to look as though they wont make it to Blackpool before nightfall, if at all.