For soap fans, a chance meeting of two of the stars of the world’s longest-running TV soap opera proved to be right up their Street.
In town to mark the opening by Genesis of their new junior boutique in Spring Gardens in October 1979 were Helen Worth and Cheryl Murray.
It was only by chance that the two ‘Street’ stars appeared together in Buxton. Helen had already been booked by Genesis director Les Davies when Cheryl, who lived in Chinley, came into the firm’s main store on Grove Parade while shopping in Buxton.
In Coronation Street at the time, their characters Gail and Suzie used to run a boutique owned by Mike Baldwin.
“If they’re good enough to work for him, they’re good enough to work for me,” Mr Davies told the Advertiser.
Helen had travelled to Buxton from her London home with another television personality, Michael Angelis, whom she later married in 1991 and divorced ten years later.
Helen and Cheryl spent several hours in Buxton and, to the delight of hordes of youngsters, were pressed into serving at both Genesis shops. At times they were nearly submerged by the crowds and Helen alone signed 4,500 autographs during the day.
Mr Davies added: “Helen was thrilled to bits by the response and she has fallen in love with Derbyshire. She thinks Buxton is a great place.”