At 31 is another pompous man – Alec Gilroy. Although he’s remembered for his stint in the serial between 1986 and 1992 and then from 1996 to 1998, he first appeared in 1972, as the agent of Rita Littlewood, when she used to sing around the clubs. Fourteen years passed before he reappeared as the new owner of The Graffiti Club and his business boomed when the Rovers was being refurbished. Through this he got to know the landlady – Bet Lynch. They became friendly and in 1987, he married her and took over the licence. Alec was a contrast to Bet’s former conquests – Len, Ken and Mike. Their marriage was tempestuous, with their witty banter and sarcasm making them a popular pair. After five years, Alec left Bet for a job in
Southport and filed divorce. By the time he returned in 1996, Bet had left the street and the Rovers were in the incapable hands of the Duckworths. Alec went into a partnership with them and began a liaison with old friend Rita. By 1998, Alec became the sole owner of the Rovers and ended his engagement with Rita and by the end of the year he sold the pub to Natalie Barnes and left Weatherfield.