Betty, now working at the Flying Horse, returns to the Rovers after wringing a grudging apology from Annie. Elsie and Alan Howard start a 'no-strings' relationship. Paralysed Ray becomes engaged to Elsie's niece, Sandra Butler. He makes up his differences with Len and agrees to a partnership. Maggie Clegg and her husband Les seek a divorce. Len has a brief affair with Maggie, but leaves her for the barmaid at the Flying Horse.
Bill Gregory, now retired from the sea, turns up again. He is buying a business in Portugal and proposes to Elsie, who turns him down. Emily Nugent accepts a partnership with Ernest Bishop in his photographic business. Albert, Minnie and Ena visit the New Mission in Victoria Sreet, and Ena puts the harmonium through its paces.
Ray Langton recovers the use of his legs and is soon caught in a passionate embrace with Audrey Fleming. Elsie falls in love with Alan Howard. Stan Ogden sells a song written by Ena, passing it off as his own. Ena rumbles him and writes another which, unknown to Stan, is Onward Christian Soldiers.
Annie, like Lysistrata, persuades the girls to withdraw all favours until the men sign a petition protesting against the football bus stopping in Coronation Street. Ken tries to buy Alan Howard's hairdressing salon for Val, but is out-bid by Dave Smith.
Hilda receives news that David Barlow, and her grandson Darren, have been killed in an Australian car crash. Dave Smith lends her £600 to fly out and bring Irma home. Audrey Fleming tells Ray she loves him, and he admits he feels the same about her.
Weatherfield Gazette readers raise £600 for Hilda's air fare but, instead of repaying Dave Smith, Stan uses the money to buy Irma a partnership in the Corner Shop. Dickie and Audrey patch up their marriage and leave the Street for Huddersfield.
Sandra Butler accuses Ray of two-timing and becomes the first girl to give him the brush-off. Sergeant Cyril Turpin arrives home to find that Betty has been terrorized by ex-prisoner Keith Lucas. He furiously confronts Lucas with an iron bar, and only Len's intervention prevents him from killing Lucas.
Len's evidence helps clear Cyril at the Police Disciplinary Enquiry. Cyril is allowed to retire from the force with a full pension, and takes a clerical job. He and Betty move to a house of their own. Jack Walker dies suddenly while visiting his daughter Joan, and is buried near her home in Derby.
Widowed Irma Barlow, under great nervous strain, steals a baby. Bet Lynch and Emily Nugent quietly return it before the alarm is raised. Minnie rekindles her friendship with an old school flame, Handel Gartside, who has returned from Quebec. Elsie and Alan Howard marry quietly at Weatherfield Register Office and, after informal drinks at the Rovers, leave for a honeymoon in Paris.
Alan Howard is insolvent, but his creditors give him a chance to repay his debts without official bankruptcy. Billy Walker returns to the Rovers after his father's death. He opens a garage in Canal Street and offers Alan a mechanic's job.
Ena discovers Tony Parsons, an organ-playing boy prodigy. By persuading his parents, and terrorizing the selection board, she helps him win a place at music college.
Rag-and-bone man Tommy Deakin kennels his greyhound, Duke, at the Ogdens, leaving a special diet of port and steak. Hilda drinks the port, eats the steak and feeds the dog on scraps. Everyone in the Street bets on it, but it refuses to race.
New moves: Elsie starts as a rep for Charm Cosmetics, Lucille joins the Salvation Army as a helper and Annie is made licensee of the Rovcrs. Bet Lynch starts a relationship with ex-Borstal boy Frank Bradley, and reveals that she has an illegitimte son. Maggie and Irma take a holiday, recklessly leaving Hilda in charge of the shop. She stocks up with expensive delicatessen food which nobody wants.
Irma returns to a loss of £7.2s.9d, and finds that half her customers have abandoned her. Lucille champions local gypsies and clashes with Ray who wants them evicted. Ken Barlow is awarded a grant to study technical education methods in New York. Minnie makes Ena jealous by cooking Handel Gartside's meals. Albert changes his hairdresser - and regrets it.
Albert discovers that Handel was a World War I conscientious objector, and sends him a white feather. Handel disapproves when Billy Walker moves in with Minnie while the Rovers is redecorated.
Irma becomes friendly with US Army Sergeant Joe Donnelli, who says he has been demobbed. Gregg Flint and Gary Strauss arrive and claim he is a deserter. Cornered, he takes Irma hostage, confessing to her that he killed Steve Tanner. Miss Nugent quits her barmaid's job at the Rovers because of her Mission convictions.
Irma manages to escape. Donnelli takes refuge in Minnie's, holding her at gunpoint. Stan Ogden bravely talks him into releasing her, and Donnelli shoots himself. The Street's Christmas party is cancelled because of the tragedy.
Bet Lynch leaves the laundrette to work as a barmaid at the Rovers. Miss Nugent writes to Ken in America telling him that Val is having an affair - she is, in fact innocently taking driving lessons from Ray Langton.