Coronation Street bosses’ decision to cover up a church cross has been branded ‘ludicrous’ by a clergyman.
Producers of the popular soap chose the 14th century St Mary’s Church in Nether Alderley, Cheshire, as the location for this week’s wedding between Tyrone Dobbs, played by Alan Halsall, and Molly Compton, played by Vicky Binns.
During the shoot, staff on the show were so concerned that a solid brass cross on the church’s altar could cause upset that they asked for it to be removed.
But because the cross was firmly bolted down it had to be hidden with an imposing candelabra, tumbling ivy and fake flowers.
Rev James Milnes, of St Mary’s Church, said: “We thought it was a very strange request. This is a quintessentially English church – who would be offended by seeing a cross here?
“It’s what people would expect to see, just as you see meat in a butcher’s shop or fruit and vegetables in a greengrocer’s.”
He added: “It was ludicrous. We just thought it was political correctness gone mad.”
A spokesman for Coronation Street admitted that hiding the cross was “an error”.
He said: “We are looking into how and why this happened. As Rev Milnes rightly says, we chose the church because the characters of Molly and Tyrone wanted a traditional religious church wedding service in a quintessentially English church.
“Covering up the cross was an error and we apologise for any upset this has caused.”