(1985–2010) busty but over-age, Howard's love interest Marina works in a local supermarket. Despite her carefree appearance and large chest, Marina is a long-suffering type, having to deal with the disapproval of the prominent village women, the indirect wrath of Pearl, and timorous and neglectful romancing by Howard. Although at first seeming a "tart", in truth Marina is only longingly searching for love. Marina works as a check-out girl at the local Co-op (although in more recent series, the store's name has not been given); Howard often sneaks there to pass or receive notes from her (or more often sends Norman Clegg in his place; leading on several occasions for Marina to believe mistakenly that Clegg is interested in her romantically). Marina longs for love, and seems to have a particularly soft spot for Clegg. In A Sidecar Named Desire Clegg reveals that he was once trapped in a lift with Marina and they had to cuddle together to keep warm. Though she perceived it to be a romantic incident, it left Clegg terrified of her. Clegg always strongly denies any romantic interest in her. Marina first appeared in the spin-off 1984 Eastbourne summer season show, and soon became a regular character. In A Sidecar Named Desire, Compo says of Marina, "she's not for marrying, she's for educational purposes".