20th October2003: Les Battersby's taste in women was often dubious and this was never demonstrated to greater effect than when he chatted up the barmaid in the Weatherfield Arms. "Lulu" seemed to fall for his cheesy chat-up yarns that he, "Clint", was a talent scout for a record company who had come along to assess the acts in that evening's karaoke. He told her that it was him who had discovered Lisa Stansfield and "the Quo" and Lulu excitedly told him that she was a singer who would be on in a few minutes. Believing every one of his fictions, she asked him if he knew Sting and Les had to admit that he'd had some dealings with the police in the past. Les thought he was on to a good thing, little knowing that the woman was in fact Cilla Brown, Fiz's mum, and "the worst mother in the world."
Billy Walker was the son of Rovers Return landlords Jack and Annie Walker who had a brief spell as the pub's licensee after his mother retired in 1984. Billy grew up in Coronation Street before moving south to make his millions in 1961. Most of the 1960s was spent running garages in London while searching for Miss Right; by 1969, he had been in two serious relationships and engaged once but never married. In 1970, Jack's sudden death forced Billy to return home to Weatherfield. He did his duty by living at the Rovers and helping out at the pub to support Annie, but resisted the brewery's attempts to install him as landlord, preferring to forge his own path. Returning to his trade, he bought the Canal Garage and divided his time between that and the Rovers. In 1975, he was weeks away from marrying Deirdre Hunt when his fiancée called it off. Billy decided that it was time to move on and left to work in a hotel bar in Jersey, which he made his home.