Coronation Street’s cornerstone pub, the Rovers Return, has had its fair share of misfortunes during six decades of the country’s longest-running soap.

Vehicles have crashed into it, two fires have gutted it, two major characters have died in it and, just for good measure, a baby was born in it!

Ever since the first pint was pulled on screen in December 1960, the Newton and Ridley inn has been the focus for every aspect of Street life.

Many believe the fictional pub took its name from the medieval Ye Olde Rovers Return in Shudehill, which was demolished by Manchester City Council in 1958.

Ye Olde Rovers Return in Shudehill, November 1932

Ye Olde Rovers Return in Shudehill, November 1932

Dating back to 1306, the building was formerly a manor house for the Wythin Grave family and became a pub in the 18th century.

The first Rovers Return on Granada TV’s Coronation Street was part of the internal set, as our photo shows, with outside shots still filmed in studio.

It was divided into three rooms, including the snug which was the haunt of the indomitable trio of Ena Sharples (Violet Carson), Minnie Caldwell (Margot Bryant) and Martha Longhurst (Lynne Carol).

Martha’s death was the first tragedy to beset the Rovers in May 1964. A much-loved character with a gift for gossip, she died of a heart attack while Frank Barlow (Frank Pemberton) was celebrating a £5,000 win on the premium bonds.

The original Rovers Return on Coronation Street’s inside set, April 1968

The original Rovers Return on Coronation Street’s inside set, April 1968

It was especially poignant as she was due to fly to Spain the next day and had been showing off her new passport to the whole pub.

Co-star Carson was so affected by the storyline that she kept her back to camera when she played Down at the Old Bull and Bush so no-one could see her tears.

There was more drama in the lorry crash of March 1979 when a truck turned over and careered into the pub shedding a load of timber on the cobblestones outside.

Everyone feared that Deirdre Langton’s daughter Tracy, who had been left in her pram in the porch, had been killed.

John Michie played Karl Munro who burned the Rovers down in March 2013

John Michie played Karl Munro who burned the Rovers down in March 2013

Deirdre, played by Anne Kirkbride, led a frantic search through the rubble while Alf Roberts (Bryan Mosley) lay unconscious. Ken Barlow (William Roache) rushed from the community centre and quickly realised the lorry driver was dead.

As Deirdre was being consoled in the pub, it was discovered that Tracy was not in the wreck at all. A crazed woman had snatched her and taken her to the canal.

Mother and daughter were duly reunited, but corner-shop owner Alf suffered a personality change after he returned from hospital.

Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) was the hero of the hour when he rescued pub manager Bet Lynch (Julie Goodyear) from her blazing bedroom after fire struck the Rovers in June 1986.

Michael Aspel surprises Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth) for This Is Your Life, October 1989

Michael Aspel surprises Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth) for This Is Your Life, October 1989

The blaze was caused by an electrical fault after potman Jack Duckworth (William Tarmey) swapped a faulty fuse with the wrong-sized replacement.

The fuse box blew up in the early hours, just as Kevin and wife Sally (Sally Dynevor) were returning from a pop concert. As the fire brigade arrived, Kevin quickly put a ladder to the window to save Bet.

Goodyear later revealed that her night dress caught fire during filming and she was in genuine danger. She said the scream at the top of the stairs was for real!

Also joining the early morning rescue mission were Street stalwarts Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire), Ivy Tilsley (Lynne Perrie) and the irrepressible Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander).

Actress Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden) outside the Rovers, June 1983

Jean Alexander, actress. June 1983.

In 2005, the Rovers saw its second death when builder Ray Langton (Neville Buswell) died of stomach cancer after returning to the Street.

Three years later, a petty feud nearly turned to tragedy when Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) locked bookmaker Dan Mason (Matthew Crompton) in the cellar.

Landlord Steve had no idea Dan was injured. He was rushed to hospital when Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) found him the next day.

The Rovers’ second major fire ripped through the pub in March 2013. It was started by Karl Munro (John Michie) who was trying to frame Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas).

Ena Sharples (Violet Carson) and the Coronation Street cast, May 1968

Ena Sharples (Violet Carson) and the Coronation Street cast, May 1968

He was caught by Sunita Alahan (Shobna Gulati) whom he knocked unconscious before fleeing the scene. Although she was rescued, villainous Karl finished her off as she lay in a coma in her hospital bed.

To balance the bad times, barmaid Violet Wilson (Jenny Platt) gave birth to baby Dylan in the pub in February 2008.

And there were smiles all round when actress Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth, was the surprise subject of This Is Your Life in the Rovers in October 1998.

Actor Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) outside the Rovers, October 2014

Actor Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) outside the Rovers, October 2014