Wetherfield Trade

 

Since 1960 Wetherfield has been a thriving business community which has allowed independent trade to flourish whilst managing to keep out large corporations. As of now, there are currently sixteen operating businesses in Wetherfield, not including the Public Houses, and on the whole, they are turning profit and affording the community to live in relative prosperity.

The businesses vary in both their target market and their industry, but all of them share one thing in common. They provide top quality service in the interest of their very loyal customer base.

Very rarely do we see anyone jump on a bus and head to Manchester City Centre for a haircut or for a meal at one of the city’s top restaurants. The people of Wetherfield are very protective of their local businesses and almost all of them rely upon them for employment and services

Wetherfield, has long rejected the establishments ideology that multinationals and large corporations should be allowed and indeed invited, to call the shots.

Just walk down the cobbles and you will see many examples of someone living out there dream. Residents armed with nothing but an idea and passion for business are the only rulers around here. For example, there is Prestons Petals which Tracey has recently opened, going back to her roots as a budding florist, a trade that circumstances had previously made her abandon.

In order for business to excel in the area, key members of the council such as Alf Roberts, Curly Watts and Len Fairclough have had to participate in a grassroots movement geared towards a socialist ideology and way of operating. It’s makes perfect sense, encourage business to come to the area with no prejudice to age, sex, or race and allowing them work in a creative and environmentally responsible way, not only will you reap the benefits of a culturally and independently diverse community, but the enterprise and trade that becomes of the this will give your constituents employment and a much more prosperous way of life.

 

Kevin Webster has always maintained a fierce stance when offered the opportunity to relocate his long standing and highly successful automobile business out of the Wetherfield area. He has long remained loyal to his customers and this is another example how business is able to work for the many and not just the few.

Devandra Alahan opened his 8th convenience store on Coronation Street in 2004 and has gone on to make this his primary residence and D&S Alahan headquarters. A number of years ago his Coronation Street branch held firm during the recession whilst a number of his other premises began to encounter financial difficulty.

Roys Rolls opened by Roy Cropper in 1998 is a local café where people from all areas of the community come together, perhaps to discuss their lives, or in some case, even broker mutually beneficial business deals. Roys Rolls which currently employees three other people (with Mary as a stand in waitress also) is a prime example of serving the community whilst bringing money into the area.

This socialist model from which Wethefield has grown has allowed a relatively small area of Greater Manchester to be become almost self-sustaining with low business rates, affordable premises and a progressive group of councillors on the business committee, Wetherfield really is a beacon of independent and modern business that works for all areas of a community whilst still delivering on all its fiscal targets.

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Return Of The Mac

This week was Kylies funeral. The laying to rest of a free spirit whirlwind that blazed through the street until the very end. Kyle was a pole dancing, cider drinking, speed taking cheat. But with a heart of gold. Yes she gave away her child to her sister, yes she abandoned them while she ran off with her ex and yes she had it away with her husband’s brother, but it was the underdog in her that we loved.

 Born and raised on the Wythenshawe estate, things we never going to be easy for Kylie. But that’s what made her turn around so great. She was born into the every expanding circle of welfare dependence, substance abuse and zero prospects. But where there’s a will there’s a way and with the help of her slightly psychotic husband David, she turned her life around and in the end, had everything she ever wanted.

On Monday 1st August, she was laid to rest with her son Max leading the eulogy. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

But it isn’t Kylies funeral or her death that I want to focus on.

Its Macca.

Macca is a rouge, a law amongst himself and a well-respected member of The Dog & Gun gang.

Once upon a time he was simply seen as one of Callums cronies, a worthless side kick. However I am now sensing that with Callum out the picture, Macca is beginning to make serious moves down Wythenshawe. Not only does he have the reputation, but with Clayton being in Police custody, he has motive.

What lays ahead for Macca? Clearly not the sort of man to stay out of trouble and he has already accosted Gemma in the alley behind the Rovers.

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One thing is for sure, if Macca is able to manoeuvre himself up the hierarchy of The Dog & Gun squad, he will be capable of launching a serious amount of terror upon the already vulnerable cobbles of Coronation Street.

With Jason, Lloyd and Peter out the way and Kev snowed under in call outs, Macca may sense that with the male presence lower than usual, now is the time to seize upon his enemy.

Gemma will clearly be very high on his hit list after giving a police statement which lead to the arrest of Clayton for the murder of Kylie, but there are others. David is an obvious target, then there’s Craigy, Craigy leapt to Gemmas defence last night and that is something Macca won’t forget in a hurry.

What about Todd? The brother of Jason who was attacked by Callum, his mentor. Maybe Macca wants to finish the job.

So how well prepared for such an attack is the street? I have already written who is off the scene, but who is there to defend? Well Steve is there and we all know about his capability, but is currently in the middle of a domestic crisis and maybe is doesn’t quite have his eye on the game. The same could be said of Phelan as he is currently trying desperately to hold the Grimshaws together, looking after Eileen, keeping and eye on Todd and running the yard.

The only real defence at present would be Tim and Dev. Of course these two are big hitters and the rest of the street will surely feel safe with them, but with his ever extending round, Tim can anywhere in the Greater Manchester area at any given time, so he isn’t guaranteed to be around. Whilst Dev, he runs a city wide business empire and is often down the golf course brokering trade deals with the Manchester elite.

It may be too early to panic, but the view from Rosamund Street is that Macca is a man on the up, a man on edge and more importantly a man on the loose.

 

In Devandras Defence…

In the last few weeks the longstanding tirade of unfortunate incidents involving women has yet again raised its ugly head and landed Coronation Street hunk Devandra (Dev) Allahan in a bit of bother.

Not so long ago, Dev kindly invited Mary along, as a friend, to a night at a delightful country retreat.

He had intended to take his partner Erica long (if you lucky enough to be Devs partner, these are the sort of romantic and extravagant gifts you can expect) but when she couldn’t go,  Dev offered Mary the chance to take her place.

The day didn’t get off to the best of starts when Dev was subject to a prolonged and unnecessarily painful wax when trying to enjoy the excellent range of spa treatments on offer at the hotel. Clearly in some discomfort and experiencing a lot of trauma from this, he took refuge in the comfort of his hotel room. Draped in a  complimentary gown and relaxing on the bed, Dev innocently accepted Marys perhaps inappropriate offer of a drink from the mini bar. This is where it all started to go wrong.

Rightly or wrongly, we all know Dev enjoys nothing more than a great single malt and the participation in some intelligent conversation with the female of the species.

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On this occasion however, it was completely unaware of how the events would unfold. One drink lead to another and before he knew it, he blanked out on his hotel bed.

When he awoke, he could not believe his eyes. Mary, laying beside him, under the same cover. Surely this could not be happening, how many did he have?

A panic struck Dev leaped from his bed with the ferocity of a threatened bear and proceeded to try make sense of what had just happened.

He wakes Mary and begins to question her. What’s her motive?

Mary seems very pleased with herself, which to be fair, why wouldn’t you be? This is Dev. She gives no thought about Erica her friend, or how this could affect Devs relationship.

Perhaps she was unable to properly focus after experiencing what undoubtedly be the most satisfying and unforgettable hour and forty five minutes of her life just a few hours before. Never the less, this is a big betrayal of the trust both Erica and Dev had placed in her the night before.

But this shouldn’t surprise us. If you have watched Coronation Street long enough, you will be all too aware that this is a theme that has run though Devs life on the street. A long line of predators who try to trap Dev and have him for themselves, regardless of whether or not he is in a relationship. Cursed with Hollywood looks and a voice that could soothe the sorest throat, Dev is constantly at the mercy of these women.

Remember this?

This was a vile stunt during one of the many campaigns against Dev by a scorned woman through no fault of his own.

What we need to remember about Dev is that he respects women. He also has a very hectic lifestyle. A doting father of two and highly successful business portfolio, he simply needs the occasional time to allow himself to unwind, sometimes this involves a little bit of female company under the most innocent intentions.

Running his business empire from his head office on Coronation street, he cannot avoid encounting a large number of women who simply want to take advantage. While he can normally keep them abit bay, it stands to reason that every now again, he simply will have to fall at their mercy.

We can only hope that Dev does not allow the actions of Mary at the retreat to cause problems in his relationship with Erica. Lord knows he has already been unlucky in love on too many occasions.

For now, we will just have to wait and see.