Veronica Marchant was a barmaid whom Bet Gilroy interviewed for a position at the Rovers in March 1989. Veronica barely showed a flicker of emotion during the interview, responding to Bet's attempts at humour with blunt, matter-of-fact replies. She put her robotic manner down to her years of experience in local pubs, which meant it took a lot to surprise her. Later that day, Bet gave the job to Tina Fowler.