Prescotian Is Corrie’s Drug-pushing Pensioner

By on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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A familiar Prescot face is the latest to join the cast of ITV soap opera Coronation Street.

Actor David Williams, who has already appeared in the show in various guises over the years – including as far back as 1976 – now plays Stan Whitmore, the lollipop man whose cannabis-laced cakes are a hit with the elderly ladies of the One O’Clock Club.

You may remember seeing David in costume as Professor Prescot in the early days of the Prescot Centre. In the sixties and seventies, he performed on stage with the Rainhill Garrick Society, and he’s now President of the group.

Local football fans may find his voice strangely familiar – he’s a regular matchday announcer for Prescot Cables FC. (Alas, despite Stan Whitmore’s now-infamous brownies, David won’t be taking over the catering at Valerie Park.)

Yet these aren’t his only claims to fame: Little Britain and Britain’s Got Talent star David Walliams adopted his unusual surname because actors’ union Equity wouldn’t allow a second David Williams on their books; the Prescotian was there first.

sue_johnston_actress_prescotHe joins former Prescot Grammar School pupil Sue Johnston (BrooksideWaking the DeadThe Royle Family), who arrived on Coronation Street as Gloria Price in September 2012.

Perhaps we should rename the show Coronation Drive?

One Comment

  1. Jeanne Kenyon

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I lived on the same street as David Williams and have a photo of us at a street party for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth.. His brother Glynn was very musical and sang in the church choir.

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