Corrie stars light up the big city

Catherine Tyldesley

Catherine Tyldesley

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CORONATION Street babes Catherine Tyldesley and Kym Marsh will be lighting up Manchester next weekend.

The pair will be switching on the Christmas lights in the city’s Albert Square on Saturday November 7.

Catherine Tyldesley,who is engaged to Standish-born personal trainer Tom Pitfield, will perform a musical number before pushing the big button with Ashton star Kym.

Meanwhile, Catherine has had her Christmas early. She posted on her blog that she had filmed scenes for Underworld’s festive party. She said: “Weatherfield is a rather special place to be at Christmas and this year it’s extra special!!

“We’ve been shooting the Underworld Christmas party this week, which has been so much fun to do. As always our Christmas episodes have it all!! Drama, suspense, comedy and lashings of mistletoe and sparkle. You’re in for a treat.”

Catherine has also spoken of the important of babies learning to swim.

She said: “It’s very important my family are safe and confident in the water. We introduced Alfie to the pool at six weeks old as I believe it’s important for children to feel confident in the water. He really enjoys splashing around with the other babies and he’s so relaxed. It’s a joy to see, Swimming is my favourite thing to do with Alfie so far – face to face and skin to skin – such a special bonding time. Research has proved that the stimulating effect of baby swimming lessons can increase intelligence, concentration and alertness.”