Street star is in new ex­hi­bi­tion

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - RHI­AN­NON MC­DOWALL

AN ex­hi­bi­tion at the Old Sun­day School will look at how a Coro­na­tion Street leg­end started her ca­reer in the town.

‘Jean Alexan­der: Be­com­ing Hilda’ is now open to vis­i­tors and will run un­til Septem­ber 23.

It looks at how Jean, who be­came fa­mous for her role as Hilda Og­den in Coro­na­tion Street, be­gan with the Adel­phi Theatre Guild, who had their base in the town and toured the North West.

Vicky Grif­fiths, from the Mu­seum, said: “(Jean) went on to be­come one of the most beloved char­ac­ters of our long­est run­ning TV soap, and it all started here in Mac­cles­field.

“Jean Alexan­der’s pro­fes­sional act­ing ca­reer be­gan with the Adel­phi Theatre Guild who had their base in the town and toured the North West. Packed full of pho­to­graphs il­lus­trat­ing her life and work, this dis­play re­counts the story that led her to play Hilda Og­den in Coro­na­tion Street.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs along­side a cel­e­bra­tion of the UK and In­dia year of Cul­ture, which has been boosted by grant from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which has been pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Poyn­ton artist Nikki Par­menter, is open and will run un­til Septem­ber 8.

It will fea­ture work by Nikki and look at In­dia’s re­la­tion­ship with the town. It will also tell the story of silk dye­ing and print­ing com­pany owner Thomas War­dle and the in­flu­ence on de­signer Wil­liam Mor­ris.

You can meet Nikki to find out more about the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the ex­hi­bi­tion on Satur­day, July 29, and Tues­day, Au­gust 22, from 2-4pm.

And on Thurs­day, Au­gust 3, Peter Chand will be en­ter­tain­ing au­di­ences with his In­dian Sto­ry­telling .

The event runs from 7-9pm and is based around tales from the In­dian Sub­con­ti­nent.

Peter’s par­ents mi­grated to Bri­tain from the Pun­jab re­gion in the 1950s, and though he was born in the Mid­lands, Peter grew up us­ing Pun­jabi as his first lan­guage. He com­bines these two cul­tures seam­lessly to tell sto­ries full of life, wis­dom, and hu­mour.

En­trance is £5 per per­son, to book con­tact 01625 612045 or pay on the door.

A fam­ily drop in ses­sion on Thurs­day, Au­gust 3, will give vis­i­tors the chance cre­ate their own pat­terns and silks to pro­duce a beau­ti­ful flick­er­ingly lit lan­tern.

For more events and de­tails go to the web­site mac­cles­field­mu­se­ums.

Jean Alexan­der, seated sec­ond from left, with the Adel­phi Guild

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