A PUB set to form part of Coronation Street’s 10,000th episode could be due to expand.

Plans have been submitted to extend the Royal Arms in Ryal Fold, Tockholes.

Late last year, Coronation Street stars along with an army of crew descended upon the small rural village to film special scenes for the soap’s 10,000th episode which is due to air early next month

Robin and Ruth Tillbrook, who bought the pub in April, told the Lancashire Telegraph in December the interest in their venue was the ‘icing on the cake of a wonderful year.’

Now they want to demolish the single storey-side extension and outbuildings and replace these with a two-storey extension and single-storey rear extension to provide more seating and an enlarged kitchen and dining room with an outside terrace on the first floor.

A statement submitted as part of their application reads: “The proposed extension is essential for the business to grow and thrive in order to serve a growing customer base.

“The local area will benefit in two ways firstly attracting and being able to cater for more visitors, this in turn will require an increase or staffing levels by employing three to five extra staff locally.”

The 10,000th episode of Coronation Street will take fans on a trip down memory lane as a number of characters head to Blackpool for a day trip.

The milestone instalment of the ITV soap will entertain viewers in a “funny, poignant and characterful” way, and the show’s boss has promised it will be a “great exhibition” of the programme’s classic qualities.

The special hour-long episode sees a shocked Rita (Barbara Knox) receiving a parcel containing the ashes of her estranged husband Dennis Tanner along with a note requesting she scatter them in Blackpool.

Along with the help of Ken (William Roache), it is decided that a day trip is something everybody would enjoy, with Jenny (Sally Ann Matthews) booking a coach and inviting a group of residents to join them, including Gail, Audrey, Amy, Eileen, Mary, Tracy and Yasmeen, along with Rita and the urn of ashes.

The 10,000th episode will air on ITV on Friday February 7 at 7.30pm on ITV.