27th July1981: Ken Barlow married Deirdre Langton at All Saint's Church in Weatherfield. Ken and Deirdre had had an on-off relationship since 1979, but Ken had often been non-committal as Deirdre was still separated from husband Ray Langton when they started dating and he was worried about being cited in the divorce. More recently, Deirdre had been seeing Mike Baldwin, much to Ken's chagrin, but when Mike deserted her at a party, Deirdre finished with him and got back together with Ken, who proved his commitment to her by proposing. Most of the Coronation Street residents turned out for the wedding, and Deirdre's mother Blanche Hunt made one of her infrequent visits to Weatherfield to see the couple tie the knot. The Barlows took their honeymoon in Corfu.
Mark Casey was a young mechanic who worked under Kevin Webster at his father Tom's garage from 1989 to 1990. For his 21st birthday, Mark was given the garage, and in 1991 he sacked Kevin for doing foreigners. Without Kevin to keep him right, the inexperienced businessman ran the garage into the ground within a year. Mark was born on 15th October1969. He was the only child of Tom and Jean Casey, businesspeople and owners of Casey's Autos in Weatherfield. At Weatherfield High, he was always getting into trouble, and once took the wheels off his teacher's car as a prank. At 19, Mark's two main passions were cars and women. He had two years experience working in garages and was a skilled mechanic but lacked discipline. When Tom bought Tilsley's Garage in Albert Road which was managed by the late Brian Tilsley's hired hand, Kevin Webster, he sent Mark to work there under Kevin, hoping that it would be an education for his son.
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