SHOPPERS in Accrington got a shock when they came face to face with Coronation Street’s Hayley Cropper.

Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh was promoting Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary Club’s charity walk, which takes place in May. She manned a stall for Accrington homeless charity Maundy Relief at Accrington Market Hall.

Julie is a patron for the charity and was encouraging shoppers to join the walk. This year’s walk covers a seven mile circular route and in the past has raised £60,000 for various charities.

Julie is pictured above collecting, and with Stuart Duhan, Ken Hargreaves and Ron Pickup For more information visit