Coronation Street stars have chosen the character who most epitomises the Weatherfield women after 50 years of the legendary soap.

At the celebration in Manchester marking the run-up to the 50th anniversary on December 9, Alison King, Samia Smith, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Jennie McAlpine paid tribute to Elsie Tanner, Vera Duckworth and, most especially, Racquel Wolstenholme as the greatest female characters.

Samia said: “I think Racquel was a brilliant character. I think Racquel brought light and shade. She’s the epitome of what Corrie is about really, because you cared about her. She was funny and she was tragic and she was great for Corrie at that time.”

Watch the Coronation Street women talk about their icons: