Caroline Bates was born Caroline Wood in about 1940 to Alice Wood and her husband. She grew up in Sacrborough and married Malcolm Bates in the 1960s and they had two children Kathy and Nick.
In February 1984 Caroline Bates was appointed secretary to Alan Turner at Home Farm. She had been recommended by Alan's estranged wife Jill, herself a businesswoman. Caroline moved into Victoria Cottage, which was 17 Main Street, 2 doors down from the shop. She bought out the humorous side to the bullying Turner and also bought out his softer side.
Mrs Bates was last seen in August 1999 at her daughter Kathy's wedding to Biff Fowler. Biff called off the wedding. Caroline comforted Kathy. She has not been seen or heard from since.
Mother Alice Wood
Spouse Malcolm Bates
Grandchildren Alice Bates