25th May1983: In one of their many marriage squabbles, Vera Duckworth was poised to exact revenge on husband Jack after finding out he was a client of Bill & Co Video Dating Agency despite being married to her. Playing Jack at his own game, Vera signed up with the agency and arranged to go on a date with "Vince St. Clair" (Jack). Jack agreed to meet "Carole Munro" in the Rovers, unaware until his date turned out that it was Vera. Jack was the laughing stock of the regulars as Vera chased him out of the pub while hitting him with her handbag.
Mavis Wilton is Rita Tanner's close friend and former assistant at The Kabin and wife of the late Derek Wilton. Mavis initially joined the Kabin in 1973 after spending two years at the Mark Brittain Warehouse as a clerk. Following a temporary move with her parents to Grange-over-Sands, she was re-hired at the Kabin and balanced her work there with nursing her bed-ridden auntie Edie Platt. Mavis finally escaped her overbearing relative in 1977 when she moved into The Kabin flat, where she led a quiet life with her pet budgie Harriet. Mavis was to remain at the Kabin for over two decades, chiefly thanks to her strong friendship with the newsagent's manageress Rita Littlewood. Confident and glamorous, Rita took the shy spinster under her wing and a bond was formed. The 24 years they worked behind the counter together weren't without their lows; a born fusspot, Mavis often tested Rita's patience with her indecisiveness while Rita frequently took Mavis's loyalty for granted. Mavis longed to break out of her shell and in 1997 she retired to Cartmel to run a bed and breakfast.