Ken Barlow Marries Deirdre Langton on Coronation Street

Ken Barlow married Deirdre Langton on 27 July 1981. The episode was watched by over 24 million viewers – more ITV viewers than the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana two days later

However when Mike threw a flatwarming party, asking Deirdre to be hostess, it was Ken's current girlfriend Sonia Price that Mike took to a nightclub at the end of the evening, leaving Ken and Deirdre to clear up. Despite Mike's apologies and offers of compensatory meals out, Deirdre knew Mike's casual, fast-paced lifestyle wasn't for her and she and Ken were reconciled. They went away to Glasgow together at Easter 1981 to see Ken's twins, and after a couple of weeks of thought agreed to marry. Deirdre finally married Ken on 27 July 1981 with her employer and friend Alf Roberts giving her away. Together with Tracy they moved into No1 Coronation Street with Ken and Uncle Albert.

After a trip to Glasgow together, Ken proposed to Deirdre and she accepted. Though they found a house, they decided to live at No.1 instead as Albert took the news that Ken would be moving out very badly. Ken and Deirdre got married at All Saints Church on the 27th July and went on a honeymoon in Corfu.

When Ken Barlow and Deirdre Langton tied the knot in 1981, more people reportedly watched the fictional wedding on Britain's ITV than the real-life nuptials of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on the same channel two days later.