14th November1977: Hilda Ogden was delighted when she found out that she'd won third prize in a "Loving Cup Shandies" competition - a second honeymoon night in a five-star hotel with £25 spending money. Stan was less happy and had to be dragged along under dire threat to make the trip with her. Hilda loved the luxurious hotel room and the taste of a better life than that which she had previously endured. A courtesy bottle of champagne was provided and the couple toasted each other. Stan baulked though at the demand for a kiss but Hilda reminded him that he hadn't been as backward on their first honeymoon. After their lips had met, Stan asked what the lipstick tasted of - "Woman, Stanley, woman!"
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.