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Will Tipperary’s Shane MacGowan Appear On Coronation Street?

“Fairytale of New York.”

“They’ve got cars, big as bars,
They’ve got rivers of gold,
But the wind goes right through you,
It’s no place for the old.”

(Lyrics written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan.)

Is North Tipperary native and ‘Fairytale of New York’ singer Shane MacGowan about to make a Christmas appearance on the much loved ‘soap,’ Coronation Street?  Well according to his website last month he may well be.

A native of Puckhaun, in north Co Tipperary, Shane himself was born on Christmas Day in Kent, while his parents were over there visiting relatives.  Shane obtained his massive talents from both parents; his mother being a great singer and traditional Irish dancer, while his father had a great interest in literature and writing.

Shane’s partner the very lovely Victoria Mary Clarke is understood to have posted pictures of the ‘Pogues,’ singer, enjoying a drink in the Rovers Return with actor Chris Gascoyne who plays Peter Barlow. Sources have confirmed the episode will air on December 20th. Photographs show the Rovers Return clearly adorned with Christmas decorations and it was thought that the 55-year-old musician was set to star in a once off episode this coming festive season, perhaps singing his seasonal classic Fairytale of New York.

However, a spokesperson for Coronation Street has stated that “He was here doing some filming but for a little surprise VT that is not part of the main show.” It now maybe the case that, rather than appearing as a new drop-in character in the long running TV series, the Irish songwriter will instead sing alongside cast members in a charity performance that will form a centrepiece of the ‘Text Santa,’ charity appeal television gala, latter presented by Ant and Dec, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby with Christine Bleakley and Paddy McGuinness. Text Santa raises funds for Age UK, Barnardo’s, BeatBullying, British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargeant and Help the Hospices.

However it is not the first time Coronation Street has been visited by greats in the world of ‘Rock.’  Viewers will remember Les Battersby, played by Bruce Jones, persuaded ‘Status Quo’ to do a turn in the Rovers after their tour bus supposedly had broken down.

Regardless of what transpires, North Tipperary fans of ‘The Pogues,’ will be pleased to hear and view Shane, whose iconic song, above, is still a Christmas classic, some 26 years later and look forward to the Pogues nine-disc greatest hits collection, “Pogues 30,” due out possibly on December 2nd.

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