Nick Cochrane and Kevin Kennedy open new Tesco Extra in Stretford.

Nick Cochrane and Kevin Kennedy open new Tesco Extra in Stretford.

Coronation Street stars Curly Watts and Andy McDonald  (aka Nick Cochrane) helped launch the new Tesco Extra in Stretford (Nov292012,www.messengernewspapers.co.uk)

And having worked in the soap’s supermarket ‘Freshco’, Curly and Andy, real names Kevin Kennedy and Nick Cochrane, were well equipped to put in a mornings work at the Chester Road store when it opened for the first time on Monday, November 26.

To mark the opening, the store manager Dominic Carey presented Gillian Edwards, North West Air Ambulance’s Manchester fundraising co-cordinator, with a £1,000 donation.

Mr Carey said: “Curly and Andy McDonald have been fantastic with the customers and the position will remain open if they ever want to return for another  shift.”

He added: “We are delighted to be able to support The North West Air Ambulance as it does such fantastic work within the local community.