Anne Reid in Marchlands

SHE’S told the story before.

But it’s one worth repeating in the wake of ITV’s decision to move out of its historic Manchester HQ in Quay Street.

“When I went to Granada in the 1960s it was like a cottage industry,” recalls Anne Reid.

“One night it was foggy and before the Law Courts were built there was a wonderful pub called the New Theatre Inn, where we all used to go as a Granada watering hole.

“And we got stuck, some of us.

“We actually climbed over the back wall of Granada and went and opened the dressing rooms and slept in there all night.

“You couldn’t do that today. You’d set off every alarm in the world.

“Different days.”

That was one tale I didn’t have room to fit into my feature interview with Anne, which appeared in the Manchester Evening News last Saturday.