Coronation Street star Alan Halsall to open city's newest travel agency
CORONATION Street star Alan Halsall will be in Derby on Saturday for the opening of a travel company's first branch in the East Midlands.
The actor, who plays Tyrone Dobbs in the TV soap, will be at Midcounties Co-op Travel in Westfield from 10am.
The independent travel agency's opening celebrations will give fans the chance to meet the popular Corrie star and get his autograph.
There will also be a free prize draw for the chance to win a holiday.
The firm's new venture will create up to 11 jobs.
In addition to a network of more than 50 travel branches, Midcounties Co-op runs an online travel business which is named on the new store's fascia, Cooptravel.co.uk
Sue Reid, general manager at Midcounties, said: "We are a member-owned and independent business with over 90 years of travel experience. We see the new branch as a great opportunity to serve the local community, which is why we have invested here.
"We are very excited about opening in Derby and we wanted to create a real buzz.
"We are looking forward to welcoming local people and new members and giving them a wider choice and independent advice when it comes to booking their holidays."
The Derby branch will be managed by Adam Deane, said to have extensive experience in the travel industry.
Midcounties has stated its aim is to become the leading independent travel retailer in the UK.
As part of its expansion, the firm is also opening a new branch in Nottingham on Saturday, fulfilling its strategy to establish travel agencies in the region around East Midlands Airport.