23rd August1978: The staff of the Rovers were delighted to hear that their pub had been chosen to appear on the cover of Newton & Ridley's new in-house magazine Over the Bar. Annie Walker told them that a photographer would be coming to take pictures of the person who best represented "the personality...the beating heart of this establishment" and obviously had herself in mind. Bet Lynch had her rival ambitions and got herself dolled-up specially, only to find Annie had done the same. The two posed for all they were worth while photographer Norman Hill snapped both posed and candid snaps in the public while Betty Turpin tried to stay in the background. Bet tried to seduce Norman while Annie got the brewery to agree that the chosen shot should not be "flamboyant". It wasn't; when the magazine arrived off the press, it was a shot of Betty and Eddie Yeats that had been chosen and all of Annie and Bet's attempts at publishing stardom had been in vain.
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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