Former Corrie star says he won’t wear mask ‘irrespective of vulnerable’

A former Coronation Street star has been criticised over comments he made on a radio show about Covid restrictions.

Charlie Lawson, 61, who starred as Jim McDonald on and off in the ITV soap from 1989 until 2018, was appearing as a guest on Kevin and Ash’s show on talkRADIO.

He was met with an angry response from some after saying he would not go back to wearing a mask after June 21 “irrespective of the unfortunate population who are vulnerable”.

He was called a “washed up actor” after he said he would not wear one if a lockdown returned to his area.

He said: “On the 21st June, irrespective of the unfortunate population who are vulnerable in Blackburn and Bolton, and we know the ethnic communities are vulnerable, and I was the first person who said people need to go out and spend an effort on these communities, we’re now talking about limited lockdowns in various areas like Leicester etc Blackburn and Bolton.

“But i will not be wearing my mask after the 21st June.

“I know one of your young men there at talkRADIO he said he’s not going to either.”

His comments, posted on Twitter in a clip by talkRADIO, were met by criticism from some.

One said: “A washed up Actors view is ok if it agrees with the station and Talking Heads view. Not really avalanches view.”

Another asked: “Can we see his scientific qualifications or PHD?”

A third joked: “I take it Mr Blobby wasn’t available for comment.”

And a fourth said: “@talkRADIO value soap actors’ opinions more than the scientists’.”

But others said they were with the actor, adding they would be joining him on June 21.

June 21 is the date set by Boris Johnson’s government to completely end coronavirus restrictions.

The Prime Minister has that said England remains “on track” to end all legal restrictions on June 21 – but indicated he would not bring forward the date for the final step.

But it is just a target and there are currently concerns over the Indian variant of Covid which is circulating in England.

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