Corrie star Pat amuses the crowds

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Believe it or not, the Showboat amusement arcade at the bottom of Wellington Street, Luton, has been open for well over 40 years.

And older fans of long-running TV soap opera Coronation Street will quickly recognise the actress who opened it in December 1970.

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Pat Phoenix, who played devil-may-care divorcee Elsie Tanner in Corrie, was one of the biggest names on the telly at the time and it was quite a coup when she accepted the invitation to perform the opening ceremony.

 

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