Coronation Street star Anthony Cotton calls bingo in Bolton

Coronation Street star Anthony Cotton calls bingo in Bolton

Antony Cotton bangs a heart-shaped gong at Mecca in Bolton at the Valentine’s Day charity launch

Anthony Cotton with, from left, Cherry Tatlow, Luen Thompson, Amanda Moss, William Clarke, Alison Guthrie and, front, James Orr

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CORONATION Street star Antony Cotton surprised players at Mecca in Bolton on Friday night when he became a celebrity bingo caller.

The actor, who plays Sean Tully in the soap, took a leaf out of his character’s book — he was a bingo caller in 2005 until Vera Duckworth accused him of cheating.

The 38-year-old actor went on stage to a cheer from the crowd and took the teasing about his bingo-calling style in good humour.

Antony, from Bury, came to help launch a new partnership between the Rank Group’s Mecca and Grosvenor Casinos and the Carers Trust, which supports carers.

He said: “A shocking fact is that three in five people will end up being an unpaid carer, whether for a family member, a partner or a friend.

“It’s something that you don’t like to think about, but before you know it somebody could have a fall, not recover quickly enough and then before you know it they end up incapacitated.

“But they often can’t afford to pay for a carer because they are expensive, so people are having to be a carer for a loved one and there’s no support for them unless they get help from the trust.”

Antony also hit a heart-shaped gong to celebrate the new partnership between the Rank Group and trust.

Luen Thompson, of the Carers Trust, said: “The partnership is going to raise money to help give something back to carers, whether it be a weekend break or a new washing machine.”

For more information about the trust: visit

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