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William "Billy" Williams was an old flame of Betty Turpin. They had exchanged letters during the war, and Billy had even proposed, but the letters were never received, and Billy married someone else. Billy and old friend Archie Wardle decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of VE Day by repeating the pub crawl they did around Weatherfield on 8th May, 1945. When Billy walked in the Rovers, who should he see, but old flame Betty Turpin. They talked and went out to some tea dances, but Betty turned down Billy's advances and proposals. It was only when Betty was burgled and felt insecure that she finally accepted Billy's persistence, and they married on 20th October, 1995. Billy still liked to be one of the lads, and became one of the Betty's Hot Shot syndicate. He also liked a drink and grew prize-winning vegetables in his allotment.

He died of a heart attack in November 1997.

First and last lines

"Thank you, son. Well, I'm glad this place is still standing because the last time we were in here was during the war." (First line, to Andy McDonald)


"I mean, it is a little lad." (Final line, breaking the news of Brad Armstrong's birth to the Duckworths).

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