Charlie Whelan was a long distance lorry driver with a fondness for American country music. He appeared in December 1993 when he offered Bet Gilroy and Raquel Wolstenhulme a lift home after a long day of shopping in the Christmas sales. He reappeared at the Rovers Return Inn shortly after. Bet, not long separated from Alec, assumed he was there to pursue Raquel and was astonished, flattered and delighted to discover that it was her he was interested in!
He dated her and treated her like a queen. He even entered her in a Dolly Parton lookalike contest which only annoyed her because he didn't ask her first! But, alas, in the end he proved to have feet of clay when barmaid Tanya Pooley, having been dumped by her married lover Alex Christie and having ruined Raquel and Des Barnes's relationship, focused her energies on him. She seduced him and in September 1994 they ran away together, driving into the sunset to Germany in Charlie's rig, breaking Bet's heart. A few weeks later, Charlie returned alone and revealed that Tanya had dumped him and begged Bet for another chance. Bet was tempted but told Charlie that she could never trust him again and he left.
First and last lines
"Scuse me love. Can you tell me where Fawcett Road is?" (First line, to Bet Lynch)
"I love you, Bet." (Final line)