The Guestbook - Frequently Asked Questions.

Terms used on the Guestbook

What is a Pingfest?
Why are they called Pingfests?
What is a Contress?
Who runs Pingfests?
What is a SPOILER?
Why do some posters have an R before their name?

Guestbook Etiquette and Use

Why do I have to post on the Guestbook before I can read it?
Why does the Guestbook celebrate birthdays?
How tall are the characters?
Are there any no-nos on the Guestbook?
Why does the Guestbook allow off-topic posts?
Who pays for the Guestbook?
Why do duplicate messages sometimes appear on the Guestbook?
Are there any other Corrie-related websites or guestbooks?
Why is this site so out of date/dated in appearance/not as good as EastEnders or American Idol?
Why isn't the Guestbook run like a forum?

Coronation Street and Granada Studios

What happened to the Granada Studios Tours?
How can I get in touch with the actors, or Granada TV?
What is a "scotch and threat" that Fred orders in the Rovers?


What is a Pingfest?

A Pingfest, or ping, is a gathering of Coronation Street fans for social purposes, usually in a pub or similar location.  Pingfests have also taken the form of picnics or even train excursions.  There is often a trivia quiz, a raffle, or sale or swapping of CS souvenirs.  Sometimes people even come dressed as a character from the show.

Why are they called Pingfests?

It started as a typo for Pint Fest: an occasion on which a few pints are sunk.  It is also used by the Coronation Street newsgroup RATUCS ( 

What is a Contress?

This is similar to a Pingfest but takes place on hallowed ground such as the Granada Studios Tour or other Corrie locations.  It's also usually much bigger, in terms of numbers attending!  The word Contress comes from a similar, but reversed typo to that which created Pingfest – the typist had intended to type 'Congress.'  Sadly, the days of Contresses are almost certainly over, since both the Granada Studios Tour and the World of Coronation Street exhibition in Blackpool – the only two venues to have held a Contress – are now closed.

Who runs Pingfests? 

Anyone can organise a Pingfest in their area.  If you need help organising one, ask on the Guestbook and advice will not be long arriving.  Frankly, they don’t need to be elaborate – just announce it and people will turn up!

What is a SPOILER?

As the Guestbook is read by people from around the world, who are all watching Coronation Street at different story stages, we request that if you are commenting on a CURRENT storyline or development, you introduce your post with the word


This will allow those who don’t want to have the plot revealed in advance to scroll past your item.

Why do I have to post on the Guestbook before I can read it?

You don't. The correct address for viewing the page is but if you have the "agbook=addentry" part on the end you will be taken to the posting page first. 

To get round this, click on the link above and once the viewing page has loaded, add it to your Favourites again.  You may have to overwrite your existing bookmark (that is, reply "Yes" to any prompt that says "The name you have entered for the bookmark already exists on your Favourites menu. Would you like to overwrite it?")

Why does the Guestbook celebrate birthdays?

On the Guestbook there is a tradition of everyone being 29 unless they announce otherwise.  Some Guestbookers have had considerable experience of being 29, others less experience.  A Birthday List is kept by DAVID REED of London, one of our oldest friends, and by KEN WONG of Canada whose Street records of all kinds are extensive.  This full list is posted on the GB from time to time, and everyone joins in sending birthday wishes, if they feel like it.  A Guestbook Calendar has also been established where you can add your birthday.

Server space is no longer an issue for the GB and you may pass on birthday greetings to whomever you wish, although entries on the GB Calendar are limited to GB regulars.  Whilst there is some overlap in the communities of the GB and various chat rooms, they are not the same.   If you wish to be included on the Calendar, please visit the calendar or email

Are there any no-nos on the Guestbook?

The Guestbook has established a tradition of being a mannerly, supportive and friendly place to visit.  Please help us maintain this standard.

The custodians reserve the right to remove messages they consider to be abusive or inflammatory.

How tall are the Characters?

Gail McIntyre.     ..........5' and a half" (1.53 m)
Maria Connor      5' 1" (1.55 m)
Emily Bishop      5' 1" (1.55 m)
Carla Connor      5' 3" (1.60 m)
Leanne Barlow      5' 3" (1.60 m)
Rita Sullivan      5' 3" (1.60 m)
Norris Cole      5' 4" (1.63 m)
Fiz Brown       5' 4" (1.63 m)
Julie Carp       5' 4" (1.63 m)
Maddie Heath       5' 4" (1.63 m)
Sally Webster       5' 5" (1.65 m)
Chesney Brown       5' 6" (1.68 m)
Sophie Webster       5' 6" (1.68 m)
Tracy Barlow       5' 6" (1.68 m)
Kylie Platt       5' 6" (1.68 m)
David Platt       5' 7" (1.70 m)
Bethany Platt       5' 4" (1.63 m)
Lloyd Mullaney       5' 7" and half (1.71 m)
Tyrone Dobbs       5' 7" and three quarters (1.72 m)
Audrey Roberts       5' 8" (1.73 m)
Peter Barlow       5' 8" (1.73 m)
Deirdre Barlow       5' 8" (1.73 m)
Ken Barlow       5' 9" (1.75 m)
Jason Grimshaw       5' 9" (1.75 m)
Eileen Grimshaw       5' 9" (1.75 m)
Roy Cropper       5' 9" (1.75 m)
Sean Tully       5' 9" and three quarters (1.77 m)
Kirk Sutherland       5' 10" (1.78 m)
Steve McDonald       5' 11" (1.80 m)
Dev Alahan       6' 2" (1.88 m)
Katie       5' 1 1/2"

Why does the Guestbook allow off-topic posts?

Each Guestbook has its own rules, and there are many Guestbooks devoted to the Street (see below).  On this Guestbook, we have chosen to foster a sense of community and friendship between the posters by allowing posts on subjects other than Corrie.  Usually, but not always, a discussion can be started because of a storyline or event on the programme, but may then stray into general areas of British culture, or the different cultures of other countries in which Corrie airs.  Occasionally, posts are concerned solely with events or experiences in the lives of the regulars here.  This is acceptable, because even though we are all fans of the programme, we don't talk about it to the exclusion of everything else.  

ON-topic posts are always welcome of course, and will usually steer the conversation back to the Street!

Why do some posters have an R before their name?

This started because of the Street habit of calling their children, for example, "our Brian" which was pronounced "R" – RBrian, RTerry, RTracy, etc.  Some of the older GB contributors occasionally award an affectionate R to each other. If you feel you would like to be known by an R-prefix, do say so.

Who pays for the Guestbook?

The Guestbook was started by Grahame Rumsby, who paid for its first years.  Annie then ran the GB, largely paying for it herself with additional contributions from some kind individuals, which was very nice.

Then in April of 1999 it moved to become part of the unified Corrie.Net site (organised by Graham Allsopp), whilst still under Annie's care.  Care of the GB was handed over to Digger and Sheila in January 2000.  Sheila took over responsibility for the GB in January of 2007. The GB is now paid for entirely by revenue from the banner advert at the top and bottom of some pages.  This is why it is important to click on the banner each time you visit.  Only one click in every 24 hours is counted, so don't wear out your mouse!  It would also help us if you occasionally buy something from the pages you reach through the adverts. In January of 2014 the Guestbook moved to it's new location.

Why do duplicate messages sometimes appear on the Guestbook?

When you fill in the form and hit "Enter" the Guestbook script adds your message and takes you back to the normal view of the board all in one go.  If you refresh this page your browser still has this "message posting" information in its cache and will repeat the post (you may get a prompt to the effect that the page cannot be refreshed without resending data).  You may even not have deliberately refreshed the page, but if you browse ahead to other pages, and then use your Back button to return to it, the effect is the same.

You can avoid the problem by always going back in your browser to a point before you made your post, and reloading the GB page from there.

Are there any other Corrie-related Websites or Guestbooks?

Yes, there are several.  Like any Guestbook they each have a group of regular posters and their own "flavour" but they have one thing in common – they are all run for, and by, Coronation Street fans like you.  Why not pay them a visit? 

Christine has her fun pages - they are not to be missed! and there is a guestbook there as well.

Sarah's forum can be found at

maggie rose started up a Corrie-related photo-sharing group on Flickr.  You can find it at
In her own words (as posted to the GB on 18 June 2006): "Please feel free to post any of your Corrie-related photos of pings, visits to the set, your memorabilia, pics of zine covers, your DVD/VHS collection and any ol' weird and wonderful Street-related photos of people, places and things!"

You haven't seen all the good sites until you check Deborah's out - The old Weatherfield web is now, and she has as well. Deborah has photos available for viewing here. Deborah was chosen as Canada's No. 1 Corrie Fan in 2009, and won a trip to the studio. You don't want to miss those pictures!

There's also a blog by Corrie Heart at It's new to me, but check it out! You may love it. The author is an avid visitor to

If you have a Corrie related site that you want listed here, email me at

There are others listed on the Forums page of the #coro_street Homepage site although many of those links are now dead. Others may be found using Google - it's hard to keep up! If you are on Facebook there are lots of Coronation Street pages there as well. Start searching - you will probably find something you love.

What happened to the Granada Studios Tours?

The tour, and most public access to the set of Coronation Street, is now shut.  Full details are posted on the main FAQ page.

How can I get in touch with the actors, or Granada TV?

If you would like to pass on your comments and questions to Granada TV or contact an actor, including requesting autographs, you can write to them at:

Stage 1,
Coronation Street,
Granada TV,
Quay Street,
M60 9EA.

What is a "scotch and threat" that Fred orders in the Rovers?

This is explained, together with many other regular unusual Corrie sayings, on the FAQ page. (Although opinions vary as to whether the "threat" is indeed a little water, or NO water at all.)

Why is this site so out of date/dated in appearance/not as good as EastEnders or American Idol?

The EastEnders site is designed, developed and run by the BBC.  The BBC employ a full-time team of professional web developers on the site, which has more than 2 million pages overall and the financial report for 2004 shows that they spent a total of £66.7 million on

The American Idol site is owned and developed by Fox; one of the biggest media empires in the world.  Once again, a full-time team of dedicated professionals and a multi-million pound venture. is owned by a single individual and updated by a very small team, in their spare time, for free. Its bills are paid by the small amount of revenue from your clicks on the advertising banners.  In other words it has several orders of magnitude less resources than the sites you are comparing it with.  So if you want to help improve it, why not stop whingeing and drop an email to with an offer to help?

Why isn't the Guestbook run like a forum?

The current format of the Guestbook has pretty much remained the same since it started, and most of the regulars prefer it this way.  There are advantages to the forum format but we don't consider them a big enough reason to change, although we may experiment with a forum sometime in the future.  As described above, there are other online corrie forums that you can visit, if this is what you want.