Kym helps open old pal’s cafe

WIGAN soap star Kym Marsh came back to town yesterday for a cuppa at her pal’s new cafe.

Tattoo artist Stuart Swain has been a close friend of the Coronation Street actress for a number of years.

Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh officially opens Wigan Ink Cafe with owner Stuart Swain

Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh officially opens Wigan Ink Cafe with owner Stuart Swain

And when he decided to expand his Wigan Ink brand by opening a cafe on Larch Avenue in Worsley Hall, Kym was delighted to nip down for a cuppa and wish him luck.

She also helped Stuart with fund-raising he did during his wife’s successful battle with cancer.

“Stuart has been a friend of my older brother’s for a long time,” said the 38-year-old, who plays Michelle Connor in Corrie.

“I’ve also had a few tattoos off him over the past 12 to 18 months including a big one on my back with butterflies that he did. We’ve been really good mates, me, him and his wife for some time.

I don’t get back to Wigan often to be honest, there’s only my sister who lives in the area so it’s nice to come and support a Wigan business too

Kym Marsh

“He’s been talking about this for ages and having seen the photos of what he did before it was all done up, it looks great. He makes a great brew as well!

“I don’t get back to Wigan often to be honest, there’s only my sister who lives in the area so it’s nice to come and support a Wigan business too. Stuart is such a lovely bloke and it’ll be a family-run business.”

Stuart, who owns the Wigan Ink tatoo parlour in nearby Buchanan Road, can’t wait until his cafe is officially open.

After showing Kym around the new premises, which he helped decorate, the 43-year-old revealed his plans for the place.

“It’s going to be a 1950s-style cafe really that caters for everyone,” said Stuart. “I want it to be somewhere that is nice and relaxed and we’ll do deliveries as well.

“I was going to build a bigger a studio but I couldn’t do anymore work than I was already doing so I decided to do something different. I’ve been in touch with Environmental Health for them to give it the once over and then we’ll be opening officially.”