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Memory lane: Iconic Brookside Close is streets ahead as its restored to its former glory after years of neglect

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Memory lane: Iconic Brookside Close is streets ahead as its restored to its former glory after years of neglect
By Daily Mail Reporter
Updated: 06:42 EDT, 19 July 2011



Fans of the Merseyside soap opera Brookside are celebrating after Liverpool's most famous close was returned to it's former glory following years of neglect.

Brookside close, the cul-de-sac in which the day to day scouse drama was played out for 21 years, had been left to fall into disrepair after the show's 2003 cancellation.

But a campaign by Brookside fanatics coupled with the long awaited arrival of some real life residents in the close has seen the one time set receive a much needed makeover.

New look: Brookside Close in Croxteth in Liverpool has been restored to its former glory after years of neglect

Now, with the famous street sign back in place and the suburban Liverpool houses occupied, 'Brookie' fans are said to be thrilled by the restoration.





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The road sign marking the famous street had fallen away from its posts and the plants surrounding the patio which once hid the body of Trevor Jordache were in desperate need of attention.

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Sad: For many years Brookside Close in Liverpool looked sad, wet and neglected

The close was sold to an anonymous purchaser at auction in December 2008 having spent years lying vacant after the previous developer, who bought the set from Mersey Television in 2005, went into administration.

Lee Brady is the organiser of the campaign to see the soap immortalised on DVD for fans to cherish.

He said he was 'thrilled' to see the close looking like it did during the soaps heyday in the 1980's.

He said: 'I'm just thrilled that Brookside Close is now looking its former self.

Memory lane: Fans visited the run down street where the scouse drama was played out for 21 years

'After the close looking so sad, wet and neglected for the last six years it looks all fresh again. Sadly, this time it's not going to make a return to TV with it being lived in by residents.

'I think its a massive part of Liverpool television history and to see it the way it had been allowed to deteriorate made a lot of fans, including myself, fear it could be demolished. '

The once pristine cul-de-sac was the scene of significant television moments including the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss.

Cast members in Brookside Close. The show was axed in November 2003 after 21 years

The story of the residents of Brookside Close was devised by Grange Hill creator Phil Redmond and first screened on Channel 4's launch night in November 1982.

The show, which ran for 21 years, kick-started the careers of stars like Anna Friel, Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Burton and Claire Sweeney.

It pioneered the sexy and dramatic storylines which now dominate British soaps, breaking television taboos on incest, lesbianism and domestic violence.

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But from a high of eight million viewers, it fell to one million, and TV bosses found it hard to justify the £16million a year the soap costs to make.

The final episode was watched by close to 2 million viewers.

Channel 4 are said to be working on a Brookside Special Anniversary DVD for next year which could have a release date of around November 2012, 30 years to the month after the Liverpool soap was born.