Coronation Street’s Paul star says wedding’s ‘beacon of light’ after tragic year

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Coronation Street actor Peter Ash admitted Paul Foreman’s upcoming wedding to Billy Mayhew (played by Daniel Brocklebank) is a “beacon of light” after a tragic year.

At the start of the year, ITV viewers watched heartbreaking scenes as Paul was told he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

After keeping it a secret from family and friends, it all came out during a trial hearing when he almost went to prison for stealing cars to help with money.

With his health condition out in the open, fans have seen his symptoms worsen over time as his mobility has started to decline.

Now using his wheelchair every so often, Paul found solace in making a new friend with the same condition at a support group called Shelley Rossington (Natalie Amber).

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However, this month his new friend sadly lost her life to the condition with Paul taking on the responsibility of planning her funeral.

With all the tragic news ongoing this year for Paul, there’s some positivity to look forward to as he’s set to wed his partner Billy in Coronation Street’s first gay wedding.

Speaking exclusively to and other media publications, soap star Peter Ash spoke about how his character is feeling in the build-up to the wedding.

He replied: “With everything else that he’s dealing with at the moment, the wedding is like a beacon of bright light.

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“It’s something so positive to look forward to, despite all the negative news that he’s had since the diagnosis began.

“Getting to marry Bily is great, it’s perfect, it’s what he wants to do with his time left.

“It’s not just a distraction (from his MND) obviously, he wants to do this.

“He loves Billy so much, the distraction is nice to take his mind off the MND and things but it’s real, it’s all real love it’s not just distraction.”

However, official spoilers for the soap reveal there’s something Paul is hiding from Billy on the wedding day as his secret is set to be exposed.

Later on in the week, Paul’s new wheelchair arrives, although when surveying it alongside Billy and Summer Spellman (Harriet Bibby), it’s clear it won’t fit through the door.

With the help of Ed Bailey (Trevor Michael Georges) measuring up the doorway to get the chair through, a parishioner approaches Billy and congratulates him on his marriage.

However, will everyone share the same outlook on the same-sex newlyweds?

Coronation Street continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV from 8pm.

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