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Charlie moffitt
Charlie Moffitt
Occupation Comedian
First appearance 20th May 1964
Last appearance 15th December 1965
Duration 1964-1965
Number of appearances 102
Played by Gordon Rollings

Charlie Moffitt was the resident comic of the Viaduct Sporting Club who lodged with Minnie Caldwell at No.5 from 1964 to 1965.

BiographyEdit

Charlie Moffitt arrived in Coronation Street to start work as a resident comedian at the Viaduct Sporting Club in the basement of Elliston's Raincoat Factory. Manager Laurie Frazer instructed talent scout Dennis Tanner to find lodgings for Charlie but Charlie persuaded pensioner Minnie Caldwell to let him her back room at No.5. With Charlie came his greyhound Little Titch and his pigeons.

Charlie wasn't the greatest success at the Club. He was coaxed into organising a talent contest to drum up trade and in December 1964 he was sacked. In early 1965 Charlie decided to retire from comedy and became an insurance salesman, although his new career had a bumpy start as he lost a cigarette pack containing £25 of customers' money. Charlie fled the area, fearing he would be blamed for the loss of the money, when in fact it had been found by Hilda Ogden, who innocently returned it as Charlie returned to face his bosses.

In collaboration with Stan Ogden, Charlie attempted to brew his own beer, which subsequently exploded. Minnie Caldwell, having been told they were bottles of tonic, shared one with Emily Nugent and got drunk. She later claimed this was the only time she had ever been drunk.

Charlie left Weatherfield in December 1965 to go back into showbusiness, although he sent a telegram to Elsie Tanner at her wedding in 1967.

While living in Coronation Street, Charlie was a fixture in the Rovers Return Inn and made many friends, including Stan Ogden, Dennis Tanner and Len Fairclough. In the 1964 pantomime at the Glad Tidings Mission Hall, staged by Leonard Swindley, Charlie played one of the ugly sisters alongside Irma Ogden. Charlie was volunteered by Minnie to help out backstage at Emily Nugent's Gamma Garments (Rosamund Street branch) mannequin show. Charlie was delighted at the opportunity to be backstage with the models (Irma Ogden, Lucille Hewitt and Sandra Petty) as they changed. Charlie's regular attire was a pinstripe suit, with a bow tie and a fedora.

QuotesEdit

"It's a proper little ghost town, is this. Hey, Jack! Does no joker live 'ere?" (First line, to Frank Barlow)

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