|First appearance||27th May 1974|
|Last appearance||12th June 1974|
|Number of appearances||6|
|Played by||Rosalind Ayres|
Alison met Ray at a house party, where she nearly fell over him when he was lying drunk on a sofa. They got talking when Alison answered his request to pass a glass of water over his head. Ray told Alison she was the most wonderful girl in the world and that if she was in trouble she was to look him up.
In September 1973, Alison gave birth to a son named Jonathan, and lived with the baby's rich father, Harvey Shaw, in a posh flat in Manchester. The cozy arrangement lasted until May the following year, when the couple rowed over Jonathan's father seeing other women, resulting in him walking out on Alison and the baby, breaking their engagement. Alison couldn't afford the rent on her own so, having failed to find alternative accommodation, she remembered Ray's offer and decided to get in touch.
Alison traced Ray through Fairclough, Langton and Booth building contractor, initially reaching Jerry Booth. When she met Ray, she had to recount the story of their first meeting, as Ray had been so drunk that he'd forgotten her. Taking Alison at her word, Ray let Alison and Jonathan stay at 9 Coronation Street until further notice. The couple faced the added complication that, because of Ray's reputation as a playboy, most people assumed he was the father; when Len Fairclough returned, he threw Alison and Jonathan out of No.9, and everyone else in the Street refused to put them up for more than one night, not wanting to get involved.
After a few days, Ray started to question Alison's story about Harvey Shaw. Len tracked him down and told him about Alison's circumstances. Shaw travelled to Coronation Street immediately, and after a reunion with Alison, he reconciled with her and they left the area.