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.
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.
First and last linesEdit
"It's a proper little ghost town, is this. Hey, Jack! Does no joker live 'ere?" (First line, to Frank Barlow)
"Right you are love. Oh, and I'll leave the front door key on the table. Bye bye Minnie, take care of yourself." (Final line)