Cestrians were left wondering whether life is all just an imaginary dream after a Daily Mail article described Chester as 'a fictional town'.

This weekend the national newspaper ran a story about Hollyoaks cast member and former Hammond School student Jorgie Porter leaving the soap after seven years of playing Theresa McQueen, stating in one of the picture captions that the actress had 'left the fictional town of Chester' for pastures new.

Not only did it imply that Chester was a figment of everyone's imagination, it also played down the fact it has enjoyed city status since 1541 by referring to it as a town.

Despite editors hastily changing the erroneous caption soon afterwards, angry readers had already started venting their indignation, with some of them urging Daily Mail staff to 'look at a map of the UK'.

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One wrote 'I literally can't get over that they've put that Chester is a 'fictional town'. Who on earth do they hire to write this?'

Another said: 'Back in the day, Hollyoaks actors took part in charity events in the restaurant I worked for, Chester clearly existed then!'

However, despite Hollyoaks being on our screens for 21 years, the fact it is set in Chester almost seems to have been forgotten, since all filming now takes place in Liverpool.

Even the show's credits which used to feature iconic images of our city, has long since been changed to glamorous headshots of the cast.

In the mid 90s, Chester was regularly featured in the credits of Hollyoaks

Katrina Michel from Marketing Cheshire said: "I've never really felt Hollyoaks has anything to do with Chester's tourism, that tends to be driven by Chester Cathedral, the Racecourse and Chester Zoo - and often those type of things are decided on by the older generation. Hollyoaks tends to be be more impacted on by the teen group.

"I've never seen Hollyoaks as a massive driver to Chester, although you do get some fans of the show who do show an interest."

Unfortunately, it's not the first time Chester has been referred to as 'fictional' - The Mirror made the same error in a Hollyoaks story they ran back in February.