Showing her support… Coronation Street's Catherine Tyldesley highlights hourglass figure in low-cut dress at Gay Pride
16:46 GMT, 25 August 2012
There were certainly a few bizarre outfits at this year's Manchester Gay Pride.
So Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley had to pull out all the stops to stand out as she attended the event.
But the 28-year-old actress managed to do just that as she arrived in a sexy, nautical-inspired blue and red dress.
Belle of the ball: Catherine Tyldesley showed her support at Manchester Gay Pride by wearing a rather revealing blue dress
Catherine highlighted her hourglass figure in the low-cut dress, which she teamed with a pair of red patent heels and a retro curled hair do.
Getting into the spirit of the day, Catherine, who plays Eva Price in the ITV soap, even raised her hand in a sailor salute for the waiting photographers.
Catherine certainly works hard to maintain her size 10 figure after she failed to get noticed as an overweight teenager.
Pretty woman: The soap star mingled with all the other people at the event as she showed off her curves and cleavage
The pretty star weighed 15 stone and was a size 22 but made the effort to lose four-and-a-half stone before landing the role of Eva Price on the ITV1 soap.
In a recent interview with Now magazine, Catherine said: 'I'm very proud of my weight loss, but I've still got body issues, like my stretchmarks and my stomach.
'Compared to what I was when I was a teen, I've got nothing to complain about. I can walk and talk, I've got all my limbs, I'm healthy… so at the end of the day, what's a stretchmark'
Before heading to the event, Catherine tweeted: 'Morning Manchester!!! We ready for @ManchesterPride parade We've gone all 1940's and scientifical!!'
Centre of attention: Catherine wasn't shy in showing off her cleavage in the tight dress
Aye, aye: The actor gave a sailor's salute as she stood on the streets of Manchester, today
She later shared pictures of herself and co-star Paula Lane on the Coronation Street float.
It is the 22nd year that Manchester Pride, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lifestyles, has been running, and the third time the ITV soap has been entered a float into the parade.
And while the 11-day festival was kicked off with a performance from Steps, with hoards of other celebrities set to make an appearance, one famous face who certainly won't be there is actor Danny Dyer.
According to reports, Manchester Pride bosses were forced to cancel a scheduled DJ set from the Football Factory star after receiving complaints.
Screen sirens: Catherine was joined at the big day out by Paula Jane, who plays Kylie Platt on Coronation Street
Beauty queen: Paula was dressed well and looked a million miles away from her onscreen personna
The complaints surrounding Dyer's appearance came following the actor's controversial comments about women in the past.
In a statement explaining the cancellation, Manchester Pride's chief executive John Stewart said: 'Danny Dyer has a clear appeal to a section of the LGBT community and his past controversy was now behind him. However, we're aware his inclusion has caused some upset and anger amongst others so we have listened to these concerns and have subsequently withdrawn him from the Manchester Pride main stage line-up. We realise there will be some who wished to see Danny perform who will be disappointed by this news.'
Bad boy: Danny Dyer, pictured in 2008, was scheduled to appear at the Manchester Pride but was cancelled after complaints
The decision came after Danny's comments in Zoo magazine in 2010 when he told a reader who wrote into his advice column that if you 'cut your ex's face and then no one will want her.'
He later insisted he had been misquoted and later stopped writing the column.
However, the decision to cancel the DJ set left Dyer disappointed, with the actor taking to his Twitter page to express his anger over the cancellation.
He wrote: 'So the minority got there [sic] own way I won't be Djing at gay pride this year coz [sic] apparently I hate women #father to 2 wonderful daughters.
'I know there are people out there who hate my guts but the idea I would ever hurt a woman makes me sick my girls are my world…Anyway we move on in life I was honoured to have been asked shame it didn't work out.'