List of Coronation Street characters (1961)

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Coronation Street is a British soap opera, initially produced by Granada Television. Created by writer Tony Warren, Coronation Street first broadcast on ITV on 9 December 1960. The following is a list of characters introduced in the show's second year, by order of first appearance.

Originally written by Warren, the series is produced by Stuart Latham until July and then by Derek Granger from July onwards. In January, Latham introduced four new regular characters, the first batch to arrive since Warren's initial creations at the start of the series a month earlier. These were factory workers Sheila Birtles (Eileen Mayers) and Doreen Lostock (Angela Crow), timid shop assistant Emily Nugent (Eileen Derbyshire) and an extension to the Walker family, Annie and Jack's son Billy Walker (Ken Farrington). As of 2013, Derbyshire still appears as Emily.

January also saw the introduction of Len Fairclough (Peter Adamson), a character who would become one of the series' central figures and the show's most prominent alpha male. Adamson continued in the role for twenty-two years. Bryan Mosley also made his first appearance as Alf Roberts later in February, originally a recurring role, Alf wasn't made a regular until 1971. In April, petty criminal Jed Stone (Kenneth Cope) moved in. June saw the show's first birth, as Paul Cheveski was born to parents Linda and Ivan.

Granger took over as producer in July, and he introduces Valerie Tatlock (Anne Reid) in early August, followed by Bill Gregory (Jack Watson) in his first of four short stints in October.


Sheila Birtles[edit]

Main article: Sheila Birtles

Arnold Tanner[edit]

Arnold Tanner
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Frank Crawshaw
Duration 1961, 1966
First appearance 4 January 1961
Episode 8
Last appearance 20 June 1966
Episode 576
Created by Tony Warren
Introduced by Tony Warren (1961)
Peter Eckersley (1966)
Classification Former; guest

Arnold Tanner is the first husband of Elsie Tanner. In January 1961, he turned up on the doorstep of number 11 after an absence of fifteen years in order to meet his two children and ask for a divorce from Elsie so he could marry his new girlfriend Norah Dawson. At first Elsie refused, but was persuaded otherwise when Arnold threatened to cite her wartime romances in their divorce. He was last seen in June 1966.

Dot Greenhalgh[edit]

Dot Greenhalgh
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Joan Francis
Duration 1961–69
First appearance 6 January 1961
Episode 9
Last appearance 12 November 1969
Episode 927
Created by Tony Warren
Introduced by Tony Warren (1961)
Stuart Latham (1961)
Derek Granger (1961)
H. V. Kershaw (1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969)
Tim Aspinall (1964)
Richard Doubleday (1968)
Classification Former; recurring

Dot Greenhalgh (née Todd) is the long-time best friend of Elsie Tanner. The pair worked together at Miami Modes, a local clothes shop, and eventually Dot was given a promotion to supervisor—but left soon after to work at a department store. Dot had several flings in her time despite being married, and in 1969, her husband Walter finally finished with her and on top of this she lost her fancy new job. Miami Modes took her back, but when she stole stock and then blamed Elsie, her life in Weatherfield came to an end. She admitted her guilt, got the sack and Elsie refused to speak to her ever again.

Norah Tanner[edit]

Norah Tanner
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Avril Angers
Appears on 6 January 1961
Episode 9
Created by Tony Warren
Introduced by Tony Warren
Classification Former; guest

Norah Tanner (née Dawson) was Arnold Tanner's new fiancée who owned a sweet shop in Weatherfield. She arrived in Coronation Street with Arnold when he was seeking a divorce from Elsie Tanner, in order for him to marry Norah. Norah thought she was a better class than anyone who lived on the Street and during an argument with Elsie she called her 'Common', whenever Elsie referred to Norah she called her 'Madame Toffee shop'.

Joe Makinson[edit]

Joe Makinson
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Brian Rawlinson
Duration 1961, 1963, 1970
First appearance 13 January 1961
Episode 11
Last appearance 19 August 1970
Episode 999
Created by Tony Warren
Introduced by Tony Warren (1961)
H. V. Kershaw (1963)
June Howson (1970)
Classification Former; recurring

Joe Makinson is a plumber who arrives early in 1961 to carry out work for Christine Hardman. Having just dumped her boyfriend Malcolm for his lack of support following her mother's death, and on discovering that May had unpaid debts, Christine's struggle sparked sympathy from Joe, who paid for the plumbing bill himself. Joe then asked Christine for a date and they became an item. After a few months Joe asked Christine for her hand in marriage and they became engaged, but soon after a Christine had decided she needed more excitement in her life and subsequently broke it off with him. Joe was heartbroken.

Joe briefly returned in 1963 and resumed his affair with Christine, but he ended it when he realised he meant nothing to her. He returned again in 1970 to settle a debt with Alan Howard.

Beattie Pearson[edit]

Beattie Pearson
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Gabrielle Daye
Duration 1961–62, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1981, 1983–84
First appearance 13 January 1961
Episode 11
Last appearance 16 May 1984
Episode 2412
Created by Tony Warren
Introduced by Tony Warren (1961)
Derek Granger (1961)
H.V. Kershaw (1962, 1969)
Leslie Duxbury (1971)
Eric Prytherch (1973)
Susi Hush (1975)
Bill Podmore (1981)
Mervyn Watson (1983, 1984)
Classification Former; recurring

Beatrice "Beattie" Pearson (née Tatlock) is the daughter of Albert Tatlock, played by Gabrielle Daye. Beattie was first seen on Coronation Street in 1961 visiting her father. Beattie's visits were quite rare usually coming to the street when she wanted something. She attended the wedding of Ken Barlow to her cousin Valerie Tatlock in 1962 and also attended Val's funeral in 1971. She moved in with Albert for a few weeks when she left her husband, Norman, but Albert soon sent her back. In 1975 she along with the rest of the Street attended Albert's 80th Birthday street party. In 1981 on another visit to Coronation Street Beattie was afraid that she would have to have Albert live with her because Ken and Deirdre Barlow were thinking of leaving the Street, but she was glad when they decided to stay. Beattie's last appearance was after Albert died in 1984. Beattie gave Ken his World War one medal at his funeral, saying that Albert always looked upon him as a son.

Doreen Lostock[edit]

Doreen Lostock
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Angela Crow
Duration 1961–63
First appearance 18 January 1961
Episode 12
Last appearance 2 October 1963
Episode 293
Created by Tony Warren
Introduced by Tony Warren (1961)
H. V. Kershaw (1962)
Classification Former; regular

Doreen Lostock and her friend Sheila Birtles first appeared when they worked at Elliston's Raincoat Factory. Doreen briefly dated Billy Walker before he left for London in August 1961, and became the third Rovers barmaid that year. Due to the Equity Actor's Strike, Doreen was absent from the Street from November 1961 until June 1962, but like many others the absence was left unexplained upon her return. Eventually, two weeks after Sheila's suicide attempt forced her to leave the Street, Doreen herself found she had nothing left in Weatherfield and went to join the Women's Royal Army Corps.

Eileen Hughes[edit]

Eileen Hughes
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Prunella Scales
First appearance 20 January 1961
Episode 13
Last appearance 24 February 1961
Episode 22
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; guest

Eileen Hughes is a hairdresser played by Prunella Scales who briefly vied for the affections of Harry Hewitt. While she and Florrie Lindley both liked him, Harry only had eyes for barmaid Concepta.

Len Fairclough[edit]

Len Fairclough
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Peter Adamson
Duration 1961–83
First appearance 25 January 1961
Episode 14
Last appearance 11 May 1983
Episode 2307
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Businessman, builder, councillor, shopkeeper

Leonard Franklin "Len" Fairclough was played by Peter Adamson.

Len was from Liverpool, born on 5 November 1924. His parents were killed in the Blitz, after which Len joined the Merchant Navy. After de-mob, he came to Weatherfield, where he married Nellie and had a son Stanley (played by Peter Noone, later of the British pop group Herman's Hermits). The marriage was not a happy one and on 22 November 1963, Nellie told him she wanted a divorce. Nellie later died of cancer and Stanley never forgave his father for how he had treated her — they were never reconciled.

A builder by profession — he owned his own yard — he also spent many years as an Independent councillor for Weatherfield. Len's idea of a real woman was his next door neighbour, Elsie Tanner: attractive, sexy, with a ribald sense of humour. However she was more of a friend than a lover, and when Len suggested that their relationship should go to the next level, Elsie always refused, not wanting to spoil the special bond they had. When Elsie re-married, to a handsome G.I., Master Sergeant Steve Tanner, Len was consumed with jealousy, to such an extent that when Steve was found dead in suspicious circumstances, Len was accused of murdering him.

Len had reconciled himself to being on his own for the rest of his life — and then he met Rita Bates, who earned her living as a cabaret singer in the rather downmarket Gatsby Club. Although she claimed she was married to Harry Bates, they were in fact only a common-law couple; her name was actually Rita Littlewood. Rita had a lot in common with Elsie. She was feisty, independent and was never afraid to stand up to Len, and this was what he wanted in a woman. Elsie was initially very cool towards Rita, but they became firm friends later. After a rocky courtship, Len and Rita married and honeymooned in Tenerife, where Rita had a secured herself a singing job.

After a while, Rita started to feel frustrated by Len and his lack of motivation. Feeling he was taking her for granted, Rita left him, upon which Len went to pieces. Once she had agreed to return, the couple attempted to adopt a child, but were told they were too old. Instead, they fostered, first a boy called John, then, on a more long-term basis, Sharon Gaskell. Len was amused that she preferred woodwork to needlework and that she liked playing football — this caused an instant bond between them, much to Rita's delight. Sharon became the Faircloughs' surrogate daughter, and Len was proud of her. When he came home unexpectedly one night and found a boy in the house trying to entice Sharon upstairs, he threatened to hit him. Rita was angry, believing that Len had mishandled the situation, but he was able to say from the heart that he had only done it because he cared about Sharon. Eventually, Sharon moved away, after getting a job as a kennel maid in Sheffield. Life seemed to be going well for the Faircloughs; they had two businesses, Len's building Yard and The Kabin, a newsagents. However, an off-screen scandal involving the actor who played Len resulted in a decision by the producers to discontinue the character.[1] For several months Len did not appear, his absence explained by a storyline that he was working long hours on a contract away from home.

Rita's world came crashing down when Len fell asleep at the wheel of his van and collided with a motorway bridge. He was killed instantly. Rita was devastated, but was comforted when Sharon came back from Sheffield to attend the funeral. Rita was later to discover, however, that Len had been having an affair with a woman in Ashton. As a result, her memories of Len remained bitter-sweet. When Rita subsequently began a relationship with Alan Bradley, Alan stole evidence of Len's identity and pretended to be him in order to obtain a loan to support his own business. It was Rita's discovery of the deception that caused her violent final break-up with Alan.

Edwin Mason[edit]

Edwin Mason
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Campbell Singer
Duration 1961, 1963
First appearance 25 January 1961
Episode 14
Last appearance 1 April 1963
Episode 240
Introduced by Stuart Latham (1961)
H. V. Kershaw (1963)
Classification Former; guest

Edwin Mason is the brother of May Hardman, who visited Christine after her mother's death in order to give her some money to live on and warned Joe Makinson to stay away. He later visited again and met Christine's husband-to-be Frank Barlow, whom he disapproved of.

Emily Bishop[edit]

Main article: Emily Bishop

Billy Walker[edit]

Billy Walker
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Ken Farrington
Duration 1961-64, 1969, 1970–75, 1977-79, 1984
First appearance 27 January 1961
Episode 15
Last appearance 5 December 1984
Episode 2471
Created by Tony Warren
Introduced by Stuart Latham (1961)
H.V. Kershaw (1962, 1963, 1964)
Margaret Morris (1963)
John Finch (1969)
June Howson (1970)
Brian Armstrong (1972)
Bill Podmore (1977, 1978, 1979)
Mervyn Watson (1984)
Classification Former; regular

Billy Walker was the son of Annie and Jack Walker and first appeared 27 January 1961. He was played by actor Ken Farrington.

Farrington was originally tested for the part of Dennis Tanner; producers felt that he did not suite the role and it later given to actor Philip Lowrie.[2] Farrington told Ken Roche of TVTimes that "they didn't think I was right for it, so the wrote me into the series as the son of Annie Walker (Doris Speed)". The actor had spent time away from Coronation Street pursuing other projects; he told Roche that he enjoyed the breaks because each time he would return she felt "refreshed".[2]

Billy was the son of Jack and Annie, landlords of the Rovers Return. Although he grew up in Weatherfield, Billy moved to London to run a garage in 1961, and only made fleeting appearances in Coronation Street until Jack died in 1970 and Billy returned to help out at the Rovers to ease the burden on Annie. A mechanic by trade, Billy was never happy behind the bar of the Rovers and left Weatherfield several times in the early 1970s to work in London again. In 1974, Billy became engaged to Deirdre Hunt. With the wedding only weeks away in 1975, Billy called off the wedding and left to take a job in Jersey, which became Billy's new home. In the years that followed, Billy occasionally returned, usually to ask Annie for money for the latest business deal which interested him as he usually gambled his own money away and was always debt-ridden. He kept tabs on Deirdre, despite her marrying and divorcing Ray Langton in his absence, and unsuccessfully tried to convince her to make a new start with him in Jersey.

When Annie retired in 1984, Billy took over the Rovers licence at her request, but after a short time as landlord he was forced out by the brewery for holding after-hours parties and he left Weatherfield again and returned to Jersey. It is not known what has happened to Billy in the years since his departure.

Joan Walker[edit]

Joan Walker
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by June Barry (1961–1964)
Dorothy White (1978)
Duration 1961, 1963–1964, 1978
First appearance 3 February 1961
Episode 17
Last appearance 17 May 1978
Episode 1809
Introduced by Stuart Latham (1961)
Margaret Morris (1963)
Bill Podmore (1978)
Classification Former; recurring

Joan Davies (née Walker) is the daughter of Jack and Annie Walker. She is one half of the first couple to wed on Coronation Street and moved to Derby with her new husband soon after the wedding. As far as we know Joan and her husband Gordon were still together by the time the last Walker, her brother Billy, left the Street in 1984—making their marriage one of the longest and most successful in the show's history.

Gordon Davies[edit]

Gordon Davies
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Calvin Malone
Duration 1961
First appearance 3 February 1961
Episode 17
Last appearance 13 March 1961
Episode 26
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; guest

Gordon Davies is the school teacher fiancé of Joan Walker. They married on 8 March 1961 and subsequently settled into a new life in Derby.

Alf Roberts[edit]

Main article: Alf Roberts

Phil Braithwaite[edit]

Phil Braithwaite
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Brian Dean
Duration 1961
First appearance 1 March 1961
Episode 23
Last appearance 30 October 1961
Episode 92
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; recurring

Phil Braithwaite is first seen in March as a Town Hall employee who Ena Sharples went to complain to about her gas. He next appeared when he moved into the flat above the Corner Shop with his friend Norman. He was potentially a regular character but the Equity Actor's Strike prevented him from appearing just a few episodes after his return, and he was never seen again. Phil and Norman were said to have moved out of the flat in January 1962.

Norman Dobson[edit]

Norman Dobson
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Alan Holden
Duration 1961
First appearance 1 March 1961
Episode 23
Last appearance 30 October 1961
Episode 92
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; recurring

Norman Dobson is first seen as a Town Hall employee who Ena Sharples went to complain to about her gas supply. He next appeared when he moved into the flat above the Corner Shop with his friend Phil. He was potentially a regular character but the Equity Actor's Strike prevented him from appearing just a few episodes after his return, and he was never seen again. Phil and Norman were said to have moved out of the flat in January 1962.

Colin Lomax[edit]

Colin Lomax
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Davy Jones (1961)
Alec Sabin (1972)
Duration 1961, 1972
First appearance 6 March 1961
Episode 25
Last appearance 13 September 1972
Episode 1216
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; guest

Colin Lomax is the grandson of Ena Sharples who twice visited the Street. Colin is notable for having future Monkees member Davy Jones originating the role in 1961.

Sylvia Snape[edit]

Sylvia Snape
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Patricia Routledge
Duration 1961
First appearance 22 March 1961
Episode 29
Last appearance 5 April 1961
Episode 33
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; guest

Sylvia Snape ran a café on Rosamund Street, which Doreen Lostock worked at for a short while before it closed down. She is played by a young Patricia Routledge, now better known for her role in Keeping Up Appearances.

Michael Regan[edit]

Michael Regan
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Shay Gorman
Duration 1961
First appearance 22 March 1961
Episode 29
Last appearance 5 April 1961
Episode 33
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; guest

Michael Regan is a man with whom Concepta Riley had a brief fling to make Harry Hewitt jealous. This was due to Concepta's mistaken belief that Harry had no feelings for her when she saw him with Florrie Lindley.

Alice Burgess[edit]

Alice Burgess
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Avis Bunnage
Duration 1961
First appearance 27 March 1961
Episode 30
Last appearance 8 May 1961
Episode 42
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; recurring

Alice Burgess is the divorcée sister of Harry Hewitt who moved in and became his housekeeper. Her presence meant that Harry's daughter Lucille could finally come home from the orphanage, but Lucille was very hostile towards her bossy aunt and after a couple of months Alice packed up and left, prompting Harry to propose to Concepta Riley in the hope of her becoming a new mother for Lucille.

Mrs Dumbarton[edit]

Mrs Dumbarton
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Diana Coupland
Duration 1961, 1962
First appearance 5 April 1961
Episode 33
Last appearance 24 October 1962
Episode 195
Introduced by Stuart Latham (1961)
H. V. Kershaw (1962)
Classification Former; recurring

Mrs Dumbarton is the manager of clothes shop Miami Modes, in which Elsie Tanner and Dot Greenhalgh worked. She isn't well liked by the employees, who rejoice when she leaves the store in 1963.

Walter Fletcher[edit]

Walter Fletcher
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Donald Morley
First appearance 5 April 1961
Episode 33
Last appearance 16 August 1961
Episode 71
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; recurring

Walter Fletcher was a sales rep who met Elsie Tanner working at Miami Modes. He chatted her up and invited her on a date. Elsie was reluctant but agreed to go out with him. By the time their date came round, Elsie had already set her sights on Arthur Dewhurst, so her son-in-law Ivan Cheveski told Walter that Arthur was Elsie's husband and successfully scared him off. Elsie feared that the gossip would spread at work and jeopardise her divorce from real husband Arnold.

Arthur Dewhurst[edit]

Arthur Dewhurst
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Robin Wentworth
First appearance 5 April 1961
Episode 33
Last appearance 28 June 1961
Episode 57
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; recurring

Arthur Dewhurst is a detective who had a relationship with Elsie Tanner. He became overly clingy and possessive due to Elsie's many male friends, and she finished with him. Arthur got himself transferred after the split.

Marian Lund[edit]

Marian Lund
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Patricia Heneghan (1961)
Linda Marlowe (2008)
Duration 1961, 2008
First appearance 17 April 1961
Episode 36
Last appearance 11 July 2008
Episode 6858
Introduced by Stuart Latham (1961)
Kim Crowther (2008)
Classification Former; recurring

Marian Lund was a librarian who worked at the university which Ken Barlow attended. Despite being eleven years his senior, Marion and Ken began a love affair after he ended his relationship with Susan Cunningham. However, the romance ended when Ken found out that Marian had a fiancé.

Ken and Marian next crossed paths 47 years later when a university reunion brought them back together. They briefly hinted at their past relationship, though no direct connection to Marian was addressed.

Jed Stone[edit]

Main article: Jed Stone

Jean Stark[edit]

Jean Stark
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Renny Lister
First appearance 24 April 1961
Episode 38
Last appearance 23 October 1961
Episode 90
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; regular

Jean Stark was played by Renny Lister. She first appeared as a workmate of Christine Hardman's and when Jean fell out with her parents it was Christine she turned to for support, who invited her to move in as lodger. She didn't stay long, and Christine was left alone once again. In reality, actress Renny Lister was meant to be a permanent cast member but a strike by the actor's union Equity meant that only a few of the main characters could appear for a period at the end of 1961. However, when the strike was over, Lister wasn't invited back and Jean's disappearance was left unexplained.[3] She also briefly dated Jed Stone, a friend of Dennis Tanner. Their date didn't go very well, however the actress Renny Lister is married to the actor who played Jed, Kenneth Cope, known for Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), in real life.

Tom Hayes[edit]

Tom Hayes
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Dudley Foster
First appearance 29 May 1961
Episode 48
Last appearance 3 July 1961
Episode 58
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; recurring

Tom Hayes was the brother of Esther Hayes who came to live on the Street after being released from prison. He had several crazy money-making ideas, all of them needing some sort of investment, usually from Esther which she flatly refused. After sponging off his sister for too long, a friend of Esther's pointed out to him that he wasn't welcome anymore and he subsequently left.

Nancy Leathers[edit]

Nancy Leathers
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Norah Hammond
Duration 1961, 1962
First appearance 31 May 1961
Episode 49
Last appearance 1 August 1962
Episode 171
Introduced by Stuart Latham (1961)
H.V. Kershaw (1962)
Classification Former; recurring
Profile
Occupation Former Dish washer

Nancy Leathers was the mother of resident Ida Barlow and grandmother of Ken Barlow and David Barlow. Nancy had been widowed when her husband George, Ida's father, had been killed in action during the First World War. Nancy lived with the Barlows for some time during 1961 before moving into an OAP bungalow. She made her last appearance at Ken's wedding to Valerie Tatlock in 1962. It is assumed she died before the birth of her great grandchildren Susan Barlow and Peter Barlow.

Paul Cheveski[edit]

Paul Cheveski
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Victoria Elton (1961, 1962)
Marcus Saville (1966, 1967)
Nigel Greaves (1972)
Duration 1961, 1962, 1966, 1967, 1972
First appearance 14 June 1961
Episode 53
Last appearance 8 March 1972
Episode 1162
Introduced by Stuart Latham (1961)
H. V. Kershaw (1962, 1966)
Jack Rosenthal (1967)
Eric Prytherch (1972)
Classification Former; recurring

Paul Cheveski was the son born to Ivan and Linda Cheveski in 1961. He was the first baby to be born on Coronation Street and moved to Canada with his parents shortly after his birth. Paul made his last appearance in 1972.[4]

Brian Foley[edit]

Brian Foley
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Denis Holmes
First appearance 19 June 1961
Episode 54
Last appearance 18 October 1961
Episode 89
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; recurring

Brian Foley was Esther Hayes's boss who developed a friendship with her due to their similar interests. They visited galleries and concerts together, and Esther turned to him for support when her brother Tom was using her for money.

Michael Courtney[edit]

Michael Courtney
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by John Kelly
First appearance 26 June 1961
Episode 56
Last appearance 28 August 1961
Episode 74
Introduced by Stuart Latham
Classification Former; recurring

Michael Courtney was a member of the Over-Sixties Club of which Albert Tatlock became chairman and Michael treasurer. Minnie Caldwell fell for his charms but nothing came of it and they remained friends.

Mario Bonarti[edit]

Mario Bonarti
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Frank Coda
First appearance 17 July 1961
Episode 62
Last appearance 6 September 1961
Episode 77
Introduced by Derek Granger
Classification Former; recurring

Mario Bonarti was an Italian immigrant who bought the lease to Snape's Café, and opened up a new Italian restaurant with his father Leo as head chef. Ena Sharples was strongly against the restaurant, but won a free meal in a raffle and didn't see the sense in depriving herself. Mario was instantly attracted to Christine Hardman, but she found him too possessive and dumped him after a while.

Valerie Barlow[edit]

Valerie Barlow
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Anne Reid
Duration 1961, 1962–71
First appearance 7 August 1961
Episode 68
Last appearance 27 January 1971
Episode 1047
Book appearances Coronation Street The Complete Saga
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Hairdresser

Valerie Barlow (née Tatlock) is a fictional character in the British television soap opera Coronation Street. The character was Ken Barlow's first wife and featured in the programme for nearly ten years before being killed by an electric shock when using a faulty electrical outlet in her home.

Valerie Tatlock was born on 26 November 1942 to Alfred and Edith Tatlock, and grew up in Glasgow. Her uncle, Albert Tatlock, lived in Coronation Street in Weatherfield, and by the time of her visit in 1961 she was already a successful hairdresser. Valerie took up residence at Number 1 for a few months. Valerie immediately caught the eye of student Ken Barlow, who lived right next door to Albert. They had a date, but Valerie wasn't as keen on a relationship as Ken, she felt that Ken would not be happy with her because he was university-educated and aspired to live above the working-class values which Valerie was comfortable with. When Ken's mother Ida was killed in 11 September 1961, Valerie spent more time with Ken and they soon began a relationship. As the pair grew closer, Valerie had to return home to Glasgow. Valerie returned a year later when Ken looked her up while in Scotland and proposed to her. She accepted when he made it clear that he wasn't looking for a mother figure to replace Ida, as she initially feared. They got married at St. Mary's Parish Church on 4 August 1962, and took their honeymoon in London, which was paid for with the money Ken raised from selling his motorcycle.

The Barlows bought 9 Coronation Street and moved in when they returned from their honeymoon. At the time, Ken was teaching at Bessie Street School and Valerie had converted the front room of the house to a salon, earning extra income for the couple. Married life was not always easy for Valerie. Ken's ambitions sometimes got the better of him — later in 1962 he wanted to give up teaching to focus on writing, meaning the pair would be relying on the money Valerie was bringing in. He later had a change of heart and stayed in teaching. Despite his commitment to her, Valerie often felt he had settled for second best. She was jealous of Ken's friendship with Christine Hardman, but Christine eventually got engaged to Ken's father, Frank, which shocked the family as Christine was many years younger than Frank. Valerie also felt out of her depth intellectually when the Barlows entertained Ken's middle-class friends. Valerie tried to make the relationship work, but Ken didn't make it easy, always pondering intellectual issues and oblivious to Valerie's troubles as she took care of the house.

In 1963, one of Ken's teaching friends, Dave Robbins, moved into the Barlows' house as a lodger. Ken and Dave were putting their careers in jeopardy by giving a TV interview arguing for a school crossing after a pupil was knocked down in Bessie Street. At the last moment, Dave pulled out, and Ken lost out on a promotion as he gave the interview without the school's permission. Dave blamed himself for the child being hit, and was comforted by Valerie. As Ken despaired about losing the promotion, he told Valerie they shouldn't have got married, as Valerie didn't really understand him. When Ken next returned home, he realised Valerie had left him for Dave, but when he confronted the pair, it transpired Dave wasn't interested enough in Valerie to fight for her. Heartbroken, Valerie begged Ken to take her back, and he did. To help things get back to normal, the pair went on holiday.

In July 1964, Valerie found out she was pregnant. Ken was upset, but later realised he was thrilled by the news. To prepare for the birth, Valerie closed down the salon and converted it into a nursery. On 5 April 1965, Valerie went into labour and was driven to hospital in Len Fairclough's van. She gave birth to twins — a girl and a boy. The babies were christened at the same church Ken and Valerie got married in and were named Peter and Susan. Valerie's life changed completely as all her time went towards looking after the twins. She still had to pander to Ken's ego — he didn't have to change his lifestyle after becoming a father, and continued his intellectual pursuits. The Barlows had many friends in the Street, and could easily find babysitters, allowing Valerie to attend evening classes in Sociology. In November 1965, while Valerie was at a class, Ken was looking after the twins, but when he stepped out to The Rovers Return Inn for a few minutes, a piece of coal fell from the fire, filling the house with smoke. Valerie returned home before Ken had put the fire out, but was outraged that he had left the babies alone while he went out to buy cigarettes. Valerie told Ken she would leave him if he ever smoked again.

In 1966, Ken had a fling with reporter Jackie Marsh, and was ready to leave Valerie for her, until he realized what a good thing he had in a wife who was willing to assume all the domestic responsibilities and wait on him hand and foot. Valerie briefly left him and returned to Glasgow with the kids, but returned when he phoned her and convinced her to return, intending to be a more devoted husband from then on. The following year, Ken was arrested for attending an anti-Vietnam demonstration and chose to go to prison rather than admitting he was wrong by paying a £5 fine. Ken's principles were very important to him, but Valerie was disappointed that he chose his principles over his family, leaving Valerie to take care of the kids herself for a week. Valerie had considered paying the fine behind Ken's back, but couldn't bring herself to betray him. In 1968, the Mission of Glad Tidings and Elliston's Raincoat Factory across the Street were torn down to make way for a block of maisonettes. As they were being demolished, Ken and Valerie realised the twins were missing. They were found in the factory just before the wrecking ball hit — the parents were relieved.

Valerie thought about reopening the Salon, now that the twins were more independent. Instead, she started working in the Corner Shop for Maggie Clegg. That year also saw a change of address for the Barlows; after seeing an artist's impression of the maisonettes, Valerie told Ken she wanted to move into one, as it had modern conveniences the 70-year-old Number 9 lacked. Ken didn't want to move, and when Valerie responded by making his life a little less comfortable, he accused her of having an affair with builder Ray Langton. Valerie was innocent, and made him feel guilty by reminding him of his affair with Jackie. Ken relented and the Barlows moved into Number 14. Shortly after the family moved in, convict Frank Riley held Valerie at gunpoint while Ken was away. Valerie called for help by tapping an SOS on the pipes under the sink in the kitchen, with it fortunately being overheard by Ena Sharples, who found help. Riley, a convicted rapist, had demanded money and sex from Valerie, but was caught by the police before he got the chance. After it was over, Valerie told the police and Ken that Riley hadn't touched her, but Ken refused to believe her. This almost split the couple up.

In 1969, Valerie's mother Edith stayed with the Barlows, and tried to convince them to leave Weatherfield. When Edith took the twins out to the fair, she lost them, but they were found by an elderly woman who had taken them in and not contacted the family. Later that year, Alan Howard offered Valerie a job as head hairdresser at a new salon, at £14 a week. Elsie Tanner had been appointed manageress, so she and Valerie fought for superiority. Ken had thoughts about buying the Salon from Alan, but when he chatted about it with Dave Smith, he later found out that Smith had usurped him and bought the Salon first. Smith initiated a wave of changes at the Salon, offering Valerie a pay rise but sacking other staff. Valerie walked out along with the remaining staff members, convincing Smith to reinstate everybody. In 1970, Ray Langton taught Valerie to drive while Ken was away on holiday. When he returned, he received a letter warning him about Valerie and Ray. It transpired that Emily Nugent had written it, but she realised she was wrong and apologised. Also in November 1969 a coach trip took some of the residents on the street to Windermere. Whilst on the way there, the coach crash in a tree killing the driver and injuring Valerie and Ken. They soon recovered.

In the New Year, Ken was offered a teaching position in Jamaica and Valerie agreed to emigrate. The residents of Coronation Street threw the pair a going-away party in The Rovers. Valerie was late getting ready, so while the party went on in The Rovers, Valerie tried to hurriedly get her hair dried. She tried to fix the plug to her hairdryer by tightening it with a screwdriver. Knowing it was still shoddy, she attempted to use it anyway. Valerie plugged it in and was given a severe electric shock which killed her instantly. As she fell to the floor, she knocked a portable heater into a packing crate and started a blaze. By the time rescue came, it was too late for Valerie. The whole of the street watched in horror as the house was left on fire.

Nona Willis[edit]

Nona Willis
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Barbara Ferris
First appearance 30 August 1961
Episode 75
Last appearance 4 October 1961
Episode 85
Introduced by Derek Granger
Classification Former; recurring

Nona Willis was a new barmaid installed at the Rovers to replace Doreen Lostock, who had just quit. Cockney Nona wasn't easily accepted by the locals after she had told of her past as an exotic dancer and found life in Weatherfield hard. She eventually gave Jack her notice, citing that she found the northern accents difficult to understand.

Shelagh Riley[edit]

Shelagh Riley
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Shela Ward
First appearance 6 September 1961
Episode 77
Last appearance 4 October 1961
Episode 85
Introduced by Derek Granger
Classification Former; guest

Shelagh Riley was the mother of Concepta Riley who came to Weatherfield weeks before Concepta's wedding to Harry Hewitt was due to take place. Shelagh and her husband Sean were initially apprehensive due to Harry not being a Catholic, but he soon won them over in time for the wedding.

Sean Riley[edit]

Sean Riley
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Harold Goldblatt
First appearance 6 September 1961
Episode 77
Last appearance 4 October 1961
Episode 85
Introduced by Derek Granger
Classification Former; guest

Sean Riley was the father of Concepta Riley who came to Weatherfield weeks before Concepta's wedding to Harry Hewitt was due to take place. Sean and his wife Shelagh were initially apprehensive due to Harry not being a Catholic, but he soon won them over in time for the wedding.

In 1964, Sean's retirement led to Harry and Concepta moving to Ireland to take over the running of the family garage business.

DS Sowman[edit]

DS Sowman
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Philip Stone
Duration 1961, 1962, 1965
First appearance 11 September 1961
Episode 78
Last appearance 27 September 1965
Episode 500
Introduced by Derek Granger (1961)
H.V. Kershaw (1962)
Howard Baker (1965)
Classification Former; recurring

Detective Sergeant Sowman was the policeman on duty when the call came through that Ida Barlow was missing. When he matched the description Ida's husband Frank gave him to an earlier incident, he sent an officer around to give the Barlows the news that Ida had died. He was next seen as the police officer on scene when Christine Hardman threatened to jump off the factory roof. Luckily however, Christine was talked down by old friend Ken Barlow.

DS Sowman last appearance came as he attempted to track down Elsie Tanner, who had fled the scene of a car accident of which she was involved in with Robert Maxwell.

Bill Gregory[edit]

Bill Gregory
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Jack Watson
Duration 1961, 1962, 1970, 1983–1984
First appearance 18 September 1961
Episode 80
Last appearance 4 January 1984
Episode 2375
Introduced by Derek Granger (1961)
H. V. Kershaw (1962, 1970)
Mervyn Watson (1983)
Classification Former; recurring

Bill Gregory is a recurring character played by actor Jack Watson between 1961 and 1984. Navy officer Bill first appears when he meets up with old friend Len Fairclough (Peter Adamson), who he served with in the war. Len introduces Bill to his friends and neighbours on Coronation Street, including his best friend Elsie Tanner (Patricia Phoenix). Bill and Elsie are quickly caught up in a love affair, with Bill neglecting to tell her that he is married — but the affair ends abruptly when Elsie receives a poison pen letter warning her against it. She decides to end it with Bill to save complicating her pending divorce from Arnold Tanner (Frank Crawshaw). In reality, actor Jack Watson had to leave his role without any on-screen resolve, due to the Equity actor's strike of 1961.

With Elsie's divorce finalised, Bill returns in July 1962 to pick up where they left off and learns Len is close to beating him to it, having spent a lot of time with Elsie. Bill warns Len off but Len insists they are just friends. Ena Sharples (Violet Carson) later discovers Bill writing to his wife Phyllis, and tells Len he must inform Elsie. Believing his excuses that they are separating, Len decides to keep quiet, so Ena tells Elsie herself. After confronting him, Bill tells Elsie that he is separated, but when Phyllis turns up Bill is forced to make his choice. Elsie tells him she can't make up his mind for him, and so he leaves with Phyllis to give their marriage another chance.

Bill returns once again after an eight-year absence with the news that Phyllis has since died. With Elsie now being courted by Alan Howard (Alan Browning), Bill faced competition for her heart and proposed almost immediately. Elsie waits to make up her mind, while Alan fights to keep her in his life. He succeeds when she turns Bill down and he returns to service. Elsie later marries Alan.

Thirteen years on, and Bill returns from his Portugal home to pay his respects to Rita Fairclough (Barbara Knox) on hearing of the death of Len. Whilst in Weatherfield, Bill is stunned to learn that Elsie is back living on the Street as he thought she was still happily married with Alan in Newcastle. He wastes no time in going round to see Elsie, and takes her out for a meal to catch up. He tells her of his new life in Portugal, but informs her that he must return there the next day, and Elsie is shocked when Bill asks her to come with him. After hours of soul-searching, Elsie decides she's wasted enough of her life and packs her things. After a final walk down Coronation Street, Elsie climbs in the taxi and she and Bill head off for their new life in the sun.

In 2011, as Dennis Tanner (Philip Lowrie) returns to the Street, he tells Rita that Elsie and Bill were married after settling in Portugal and that after twenty happy years together they died holding hands in a car accident in 2004.

Stanley Fairclough[edit]

Stanley Fairclough
Coronation Street character
Portrayed by Peter Noone (1961)
Ronald Cunliffe (1967)
Jonathan Coy (1977)
Duration 1961, 1967, 1977
First appearance 11 December 1961
Episode 104
Last appearance 5 January 1977
Episode 1666
Introduced by Derek Granger (1961)
Jack Rosenthal (1967)
Bill Podmore (1977)
Classification Former; recurring

Stanley Fairclough was the son of Len Fairclough and first wife Nellie. When his mother left Len for Harry Bailey, Stanley went with them and became distanced from his father. Opting to be brought up by Harry even after Nellie's death, Stanley resented Len's heavy-handed treatment of his mother for many years until 1977 when he burnt down Len's builders yard in revenge. Len was so hurt and incensed that he didn't attend Stanley's wedding later that year.

Others[edit]

Character Date(s) Episode(s) Actor Circumstances
Ginnie 4 January 8 Beryl Bainbridge Student friends of Ken Barlow and Susan Cunningham, who helped in creating posters in the Barlows' living room ahead of a protest.
Milo David Brierly
Glynis 4–25 January 8–14 Anna Gymer Glynis worked at Elliston's Raincoat factory along with Doreen Lostock and Sheila Birtles. Glynis and Sheila were known for gossiping during their lunch breaks, and looking for male attention.
Customer 6 January 9 Nan Hargreaves-Jones An awkward customer at Miami Modes who took her time in purchasing a suit from Elsie Tanner.
Hetty 13 January
29 March
11; 31 Dorothy Frere A Rovers regular, who frequented the snug. When Martha Longhurst fell out with Ena Sharples, somewhat childishly Martha befriended Hetty for a while until the women made up.
Milkman 13 January 11 Geoffrey Brightman A Weatherfield milkman who heard Albert Tatlock's groans through the door on his morning round and alerted the Barlows to his collapse.
Hilda Wardle 25 January 14 Vanda Godsell Lady friend of Christine Hardman's uncle Edwin Mason, who comes to make sure Christine has enough money to live on following her mother's sudden death.
Policeman 27 January – 1 February 15–16 Jack Cunningham Police officer who investigated a break in at the Tanner's, and took charge in evacuating the residents to the Mission Hall following a gas leak later that same day.
Johnny Gibson 3 February 17 Gerald Cowan A hire purchase man who Ida Barlow bought loose covers from. When he came to the house, Ida's husband Frank had no idea and Ida was forced to admit using his services, which led to the couple rowing.
George Davies 15 February 19 Reg Lever Parents of Gordon Davies, they came to meet the Walkers on learning of their son's engagement to Joan Walker. Jack and Annie invited them for dinner, where Annie and Hilda attempted to outdo each other.
Hilda Davies Doris Hare
Norma 15 February 19 Betty Davies A friend of Eileen Hughes, who competed with her in a darts match in the Rovers against Harry Hewitt.
Fred Jackson 22 February
14 January – 20 March 1963
29 July 1964
7–9 February 1966
21; 218–237; 379; 538–539 Joe Gladwin Owner of Jackson's Chip Shop, in 1963 he complained about loud music coming from the Mission, unaware that a group of teens were behind the disturbance.
Mary Jackson 22 February 21 Barbara Ashcroft Wife of Fred Jackson, owner of the local chippy on Victoria Street.
Mary Stubbs 22 February 21 Joy Stewart Estate agent for Mrs Briggs, who owns all the houses on Coronation Street. She attempts to get the residents to each buy their houses for £200, Frank Barlow shows interest but he tells her he cannot afford it.
Old lady 1 March 23 Totti Truman Taylor An old lady whom Ena Sharples meets at the Town Hall when she goes to complain about her gas pressure. She tells her of a notice up about the proposed demolition of Coronation Street.
Dr Graham 3 March – 5 June
7–9 August
18 October
24–50; 68–69; 89 Fulton Mackay The local GP of Weatherfield, who became a frequent visitor to the Mission as he dealt with patient Ena Sharples.
Uncle Fred 13 March 26 Edward Palmer A guest at the wedding of Gordon Davies and Joan Walker. Gordon referred to him as Uncle Fred, although it was later discovered they bore no relation, and he was just a family friend. Fred's loud and talkative nature was a little overbearing for the Walkers.
Tom Walker 13 March 26 Tom Gowling Relations of Jack Walker, who attended the wedding of Gordon and Joan in March.
Mavis Walker Veronica Howard
Eunice Bond 15 March 27 Angela Douglas A stripper who went by the name of La Composita. She, and her pet python, briefly dated Dennis Tanner.
Mr Lawther 15 March 27 Reginald Marsh Manager of Weatherfield County football club, who signs David Barlow.
Jim Schofield 15 March 27 Gordon Rollings
Mr Harper 22 March 29 Joby Blanshard Town Hall official who assured the residents that Coronation Street was not going to be demolished.
Bryan 27 March 30 Bryan Hulme
Leslie 27 March 30 John Kilby
Waitress 3 April 32 Alison Bayley A waitress who served the residents during a trip to Windermere.
Mr Snape 5 April 33 John Colin The husband of Sylvia Snape, owner of the cafe on Rosamund Street.
Norah Seddon 5 April
25 August 1971
3–5 April 1972
16–18 January 1978
33; 1107; 1170–1171; 1774–1775 Cynthia Michaelis Sister of Emily Nugent, she last appears after Emily's husband Ernest Bishop died, and offers her sister support.
George Abbott 12 April – 3 May 35–41 Lane Meddick Removal man who moved Ena Sharples' belongings when she lost her job as caretaker at the Mission. He also moved them back in three weeks later when Ena was reinstated.
Drunken customer 17 April 36 Morris Parsons A customer at the Rovers Return, who was refused a pint by Concepta Riley on account of the fact that he was already drunk. Outraged, the man caused a scene and was thrown out by manager Jack Walker.
Removal man 17 April 36 Harry Simons Removal man who, along with George Abbott, moved Ena Sharples' belongings when she lost her job as caretaker of the Mission.
Clara 24 April 38 Doris Wellings
Foreman 1 May 40 Dennis Handby Foreman at Elliston's Raincoat factory.
Ernie Ashcroft 3 May 41 David Bell
Taxi driver 15 May 44 Newal Palmer
Mr Stark 22 May 46 John Barnett Parents of Jean Stark who turned up on Coronation Street when Jean rebelled against them and moved in with Christine Hardman. They let Jean know she was free to make her own decisions.
Mrs Stark Beatrice Varley
Jim Walker 22 May 46 Kenneth Mosley Brother of Jack Walker who looked after the running of the Rovers while the Walkers went on a trip to Blackpool.
Wally Prentiss 22 May
16 October
46; 88 Frank Pettitt Driver of the coach that took the residents of Coronation Street on a trip to Blackpool in May, and again in October when they went to see the illuminations.
Baby shop assistant 29 May 48 Stephen Hancock Shop assistant in 'Babyland', where Linda Cheveski was buying baby clothes.
Cyril 5 June 50 David Lamb
Mr Collingwood 7 June 51 Barrie Cookson Fiancé of Marian Lund, who informed Ken Barlow of their relationship, ending his affair with Marian.
Father Bennett 12 June
4–6 September
52; 76–77 David Markham Priest who performs the ceremony of Harry Hewitt to Concepta Riley. He appears as they plan their upcoming wedding, but doesn't appear when they marry.
Mrs Flanagan 12 June
6 September
52; 77 Sybil Holroyd
Peter Derwent 19–28 June 54–57 Philip Stone
Harold Pilkington 21 June – 3 July 55–58 Philip Anthony Boss at Elliston's Raincoat Factory where Christine Hardman, Doreen Lostock and Sheila Birtles worked. He got on Doreen's bad side when he started to grope her, and she eventually quit.
Foreman 21 June 55 Keith Marsh Foreman at Elliston's Raincoat factory.
Maud 26 June 56 Doris Hare
Joe Baumgarten 28 June 57 Bill Nagy An old friend of Minnie Caldwell's, who lodged with her during the war. He and his wife Larine took Minnie out for a catch up.
Miss Pemberton 3 July 58 Joan Paton An employee at Swindley's Emporium, who had long harboured a crush for him. She quit when Emily Nugent took over the stock and brought in several new lines.
Vince Plummer 5–19 July 59–63 Garfield Morgan Relief manager at the Rovers who took over when Jack and Annie Walker went on holiday. He upset barmaid Concepta Riley when he made a move on her.
Phil Marsden 5 July 59 Neville Barber Billy Walker's boss at Chiswick Garage, who offers him a promotion to foreman.
Patricia Holmes 10–12 July 60–61 Sarah Aimson A thirteen year-old girl who befriended Lucille Hewitt. It later transpired that she was a runaway from an approved school, and was soon caught by the police and sent back.
Leo Bonarti 17 July – 23 August 62–73 Steve Plytas Father of Mario Bonarti, who installed him as the head chef in his new restaurant on Rosamund Street.
Audrey Plant 17 July – 7 August
11 June 1962
62–68; 156 Mary Duddy Machinist at Elliston's Raincoat factory, she worked with Christine Hardman, Doreen Lostock and Sheila Birtles.
Sam Johnson 31 July – 2 August 66–67 Ken Parry Manager of the Orinoco club, where Dennis Tanner performs.
Betty Ridgeway 31 July – 2 August 66–67 Barbara Young Hostess at the Orinoco club, who Billy Walker takes a shine to. She applies for a job as a barmaid at the Rovers, but nothing comes of it.
Mr Dixon 31 July – 14 August 66–70 Anthony Broughton
Fairground Assistants 7 August 68 Leslie Clarke Assistants at a fair in which Concepta Riley takes Lucille Hewitt.
Mollie Hare
Darts Stallholder 7 August 68 Jack Woolgar Another fairground assistant, who serves Concepta and Lucille.
Mr Lloyd 14–16 August 70–71 Lewis Wilson Man from the brewery who offers the Walkers the chance to move to a new pub. They go with him to view it, but decide against moving.
James Nugent 21–23 August 72–73 Frank Pettingell Father of Emily Nugent who comes to Weatherfield to meet Leonard Swindley, who is rumoured to be courting his daughter. In 1966, James suffers a stroke and Emily leaves Weatherfield for a year to take care of him. James dies sometime between 1967 and 1972.
Lenny Phillips 30 August – 11 September 75–78 John Barrie Lenny is Dennis Tanner's agent and owner of the Sporting Club on Viaduct Street in the 60s. Lenny gave Dennis a job after spotting his talents at the Orinoco club.
Station Sergeant 11 September 78 Anthony Sagar A police sergeant at the station who took in a lost handbag. He later traced the bag back to Ida Barlow, who had been hit by a bus that day.
Agnes MacLean 11–25 September
16 July 1962
78–82; 166 Judy Evans A lady who hands in a lost handbag at the police station on the day of Ida's death.
Jim Foster 11 September – 9 October 78–86 Bernard Kay The bus driver who knocked down and killed Ida Barlow. He later tracked down Ida's widower Frank to apologise.
Police Constable 11 September 78 Anthony Sweeny A PC at the police station when the news of Ida's accident comes through.
Headquarters Constable 11 September 78 Keith Anderson Constable who broke the news of Ida's death to the Barlows.
Fred Clark 20 September 81 Jack Smethurst Drayman who tries to con Jack Walker out of two dozen bottles of beer.
Laura 25 September 82 Norma Wilson
Mrs Brown 25 September 82 Nan Hargreaves-Jones
Mr Powell 2 October 84 Stratford Johns Guest at the hotel where Harry and Concepta Hewitt honeymooned in October.
Hotel receptionist 2 October 84 Jean Butler Receptionist who books in Harry and Concepta on their honeymoon.
Mr Jackson 9 October 86 Derek Williams Manager of a supermarket which opens on Rosamund Street. Ena Sharples wastes no time in telling him what she thinks about the venture.
Fortune teller 16 October 88 Julie Perry A fortune teller who read the fortunes of Ena and Minnie Caldwell on a trip to see the Blackpool illuminations.
TV salesman 23 October 90 Michael Bilton A man who sells a TV to Linda Cheveski.
Probationer Nurse 23 October 90 Carol Booth Nurse at the hospital when Minnie Caldwell goes in after being hit by a piece of slate which fell off No. 13.
Mr Wentworth 30 October – 1 November 92–93 Barry Letts Ken Barlow's boss at Amalgamated Steel.
Rupert 13 November 96 Cheeta A performing monkey brought home by Dennis Tanner.

References[edit]

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