Kym Marsh celebrates daughter’s birthday in isolation while army boyfriend is stranded in Afghanistan

My family is missing each other like mad. I can’t see my grandson or my daughter because we don’t live in the same house.

My dad has a heart condition and asthma and he’s 75. Mum is 73 so they’re both in that vulnerable age bracket. We’re all in lockdown and self-isolating, but what everybody is doing to pull together is incredible.

There is a real sense of community spirit and everybody wanting to be there for everybody else. A lot of parents from Polly’s school are in group chats, checking on each other, and the same is happening with my former Coronation Street co-stars.

We’re updating each other with information and trying to lift the mood. My Scott, his family and my family have all downloaded the Houseparty app so we can be on video calls together, particularly while Scott is still in Afghanistan. The virus has delayed his return.

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As well as community and solidarity, there has been some hysteria. I had a few online altercations on Twitter last week when I said I felt Boris Johnson’s speech was unclear.

There wasn’t enough clarity about who was allowed to work and who was expected to. He said that people could go to work if their work is necessary and they can’t do it from home.

I think everybody believes their work is necessary as it pays the bills and puts food on the table.

My son David lives with me and is a tiler. He can’t work from home and sees his work as necessary, but I wouldn’t want him to go to work right now and risk getting ill and possibly infecting our household. He feels the same, as he worries about passing it on to the older generation and he’s close to his grandparents.

Most people agreed with me but I was still subjected to a mass assault of abuse, with people calling me names and swearing at me. I normally don’t reply to abusive people, but I’m not being called “thick” for raising a point that I feel was justified at the time.

In these worrying times, I’m trying to keep spirits up in my house. I have a duty of care to my daughter Polly.

She is aware that something’s going on but I don’t think she understands the reality or enormity of it – nor do I want her to. That would worry her. It’s madness at the moment, it almost feels like war time.

There will be no Corrie on screen for a while, which is weird! During this time we all look to television for our escape. I’m thinking of those elderly people that have watched the soap for years and now have to go without it.

I hope they run old episodes and revisit famous bits. But taking the show off air is the right decision for the cast and crew. How can you act in close proximity or do a love scene being two metres apart?

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While I’m as sad as everybody else to see it close temporarily, we have to think of the team. But that doesn’t stop it being very strange.

We had a great time this past week celebrating Polly’s ninth birthday. She was supposed to have a party, which didn’t happen, so instead we put up a bouncy castle in the garden.

I got an amazing cake from the same people who made my Corrie leaving cake. Polly loves pasta and meatballs so we had that and gave her presents – including an iPad from me and her dad. She also got Lego and a hamster! Happy birthday, Polly!

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