8th May1995: This was a date of celebration for much of mankind but especially in Europe where fifty years of peace following the end of the Second World War was commemorated. The residents of Coronation Street marked the fiftieth anniversary of VE Day with a party in the Rovers where among the revellers were some pensioners recreating a pub crawl of half a century before. Among them was Billy Williams who was startled to see Betty Turpin serving behind the bar. He and Betty had been wartime sweethearts. They had exchanged letters, and Billy had even proposed but they had lost contact and Billy had married someone else. The two old people rekindled their romance and were married later in the year.
Oliver Battersby was the son of Leanne Battersby and Steve McDonald, born in 2017 as the result of a one-night-stand. Oliver was born in the lift of the Victoria Court flats while Leanne and her stepsister Toyah were trapped inside during a power cut. Steve wanted nothing to do with the child, choosing instead to remain with his wife Michelle Connor whilst Leanne got back together with her ex-husband Nick Tilsley. A mutual agreement was made between Leanne, Nick and Steve that Nick would be presented as the baby's biological father to their respective families and friends. At three years old, Oliver was diagnosed with a life-limiting form of mitochondrial disease. The condition eventually took his life in November of that year.
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