Coronation Street is a British drama serial set in the north of England, chronicling the professional and private lives of the residents of a backstreet in Weatherfield, a fictional suburb of Greater Manchester. Created by Tony Warren and produced by Granada Television for ITV, it first transmitted on 9th December1960 and is the longest running drama series in the world still in production.
23rd April1999: A momentous day for Roy Cropper and Hayley Patterson as they prepared to marry, but trouble was afoot from the off as Les Battersby sunk to a new low by tipping off some reporters that "two blokes" were marrying, inadvertently revealing the location of the wedding. The press wasted no time in hunting down the wedding party, but fortunately Emily Bishop caught on in time to stop Hayley from arriving at the church, leaving a hapless Spider Nugent and the minister Jessica Lundy to bluff the reporters. As the wedding party congregated at Roy's Rolls, Hayley admonished herself for ever expecting a happy ending. However, there was no reason they had to marry in a church, so Roy gathered everyone in the cafe and the ceremony went ahead there, with Hayley's Great Uncle Bert giving her away. Hayley then changed her surname to Cropper although due to UK law their union was not legally recognised.
Alec Gilroy was a theatrical agent who had two stints as landlord of the Rovers Return. Alec's first wife was Joyce, with whom he had a daughter, Sandra, in 1958. In 1971, he became estranged from Joyce and Sandra, and concentrated in his career, managing clubs and artistes, including singer Rita Littlewood. In 1986, he was managing the Graffiti Club in Rosamund Street when he had a dalliance with Bet Lynch, then-landlady of the Rovers. He claimed not to be interested in the Rovers but when Bet couldn't afford the tenancy on her own, Alec proposed marriage to her so that they could run the pub together, and Bet accepted. Alec was happy with Bet but they were rather an odd couple; Bet was bold and brassy, while Alec was morose and miserly. Theirs was a marriage of convenience but while they came to love each other, they had different outlooks and goals in life and in 1992, when he was offered the job of MC on a cruise ship, Bet refused to relocate to Southampton with him, and Alec told Bet their marriage was over.
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