Corrie legend: 'World War Two bomb fears not even close to coronavirus terror'

Coronation Street legend Amanda Barrie has spoken out about the unprecedented terror of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, comparing it to her fears in the bomb shelters of World War Two and suggesting it is even scarier.

The icon, best known for playing Alma Baldwin in Corrie and con artist Bev Tull in cult prison drama Bad Girls, said: ‘I’m an old chorus girl and a wartime babe. My childhood memories include being buried in an avalanche of black-market tinned peas while sheltering from bombs under the cellar stairs.

‘Nothing, nothing, comes close to this. In just a few days, the coronavirus crisis has escalated to a terrifying extent.’

As the death toll continues to rise at a scary rate, self isolation has never been more important and Amanda is remaining indoors with her writer partner Hilary Bonner.

She appreciated how fortunate they are in comparison to others, adding: ‘It isn’t easy for any of us. And I’m acutely aware of how lucky I am. We have a house in the country with a big garden.

‘We have space and fresh air. We look out at a landscape that hasn’t changed in this time of crisis.

‘We intended to have a highly organised routine and planned to write about our new daily schedule, including allocated time slots for tidying and cleaning, taking exercise, throwing ball for Coco, working on the book we are jointly writing, and so on.

We intended to have a highly organised routine and planned to write about our new daily schedule, including allocated time slots for tidying and cleaning, taking exercise, throwing ball for Coco, working on the book we are jointly writing, and so on.

‘Also, we resolved to dress up for drinks and dinner at least a couple of times a week.

‘Well, quite frankly, not only does all that now sound unbelievably smug but most of it has gone right up our nostrils. We are still doing some of those things, to a degree, but at the moment we couldn’t organise an empty drawer.’

Sounds pretty familiar.

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