In 1986, the Rovers went on fire. During its refurbishment, the local nightclub owned by Alec Gilroy enjoyed trade. When the pub reopened, Alec began snooping around and got to know the landlady, Bet Lynch. They began helping each other and while Bet tolerated Alec, he began to fall in love with her. The following year, the Rovers went for sale and when Bet’s future was threatened, Alec loaned her some money. Alec was appointed the pub’s manager and they married later in the year. At first, fans were against their marriage and thought that the couple would me mismatched. But, they soon were in the same league as the Walkers, Ogdens and Duckworths as a couple. Their sarcastic banter between the bar and their personality clash (fiery Bet and pompous Alec) made them popular with punters and viewers. In 1992, the marriage began to crumble as Alec wanted to move to
Southampton and Bet refused to leave her beloved street. Alec left and divorced Bet. She soldiered on behind the bar but decided to sell up in 1995, after falling out with best pal Rita. A year after her departure, Alec returned and became a regular for the next two years. He permanently left in 1998 but she made reappearances in 1999, 2002 and 2003.