Just Regional
Apr 4, 2013 2 mins read

Coronation Street actress Kate Ford, who plays ‘villain’ Tracy Barlow in the popular soap, will be visiting Norfolk in April to officially open the brand new Redwings Visitor Centre at Aylsham.

The award-winning actress has a strong connection to Redwings, aside from her own love of horses. Kate’s own pony Roxy was retired to Redwings Horse Sanctuary in 2004; the actress has always been a big fan of the charity’s work and has kept in contact with the team, even after Roxy sadly passed away. She has agreed to be part of a special Fun Day at Aylsham on Saturday 27 April to help celebrate the new visitor centre’s opening.


Kate has played Tracy Barlow – the daughter of Deirdre and Ken with a complicated love life and history of selling her daughter, ruining wedding days, blackmail, murder and prison – since 2002.  She’s the fourth actress to play Tracy Barlow since the character’s birth in 1977, and is arguably the most memorable.


“We’re delighted that Kate has agreed to officially open our new visitor centre,” explains Redwings Chief Executive Lynn Cutress. “Kate’s on screen character may be somewhat controversial, but we know Kate herself to be a kind, horse-loving woman who has always taken great interest in our work. It will be a pleasure to involve her with this new centre, and we’re thrilled that she has agreed to meet our supporters.”


The Fun Day will also include the announcement of some special new equine stars who will become part of Redwings’ popular Adoption Club, as well as pony grooming and a special walk and talk around the new site. A brand new Wildlife Walk that incorporates one of the two nature ponds on the site will also be opening to the public that day. Entry is free.


Also on site at Redwings Aylsham is a new café, gift shop and information centre as well as paddock walks and the chance to meet more than 50 of the Sanctuary’s rescued residents including adoption horse Gulliver.


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