10th February1975: Disaster struck for the Hopkins family when matriarch Megan took offence, as she easily did, to a complaint made by Betty Turpin to a tin of mincemeat that was off and demanded her money back. Several weeks earlier, Megan and her family had discovered an old birth certificate stuck behind a dresser drawer that proved that Gordon Clegg was not Maggie's son but her sister Betty was his real mother. Megan had sworn to Betty that her secret would be kept and Maggie demanded the same before flying back to husband Ron Cooke in Zaire but Megan, against all reason, wrote to Gordon in revenge and told him of his true parentage. The plan misfired as Gordon had known for several weeks about his adoption and called Megan's missive poison. He retaliated by refusing the sign over the sale of the Corner Shop to Megan and her son Idris. He, in turn, lost his temper with his dominating mother for probably the first time in his life and, deeply ashamed of her actions, forced to family to leave the Street in the middle of the night.
Jerry Booth was a Coronation Street resident and longstanding partner of Len Fairclough in building firm Fairclough and Booth in the 1960s and 1970s. Jerry arrived in the Street in 1962 and served his apprenticeship with Len, the elder builder taking the naive youngster under his wing. A nervous but kind-hearted man, Jerry hoped to marry his sweetheart Sheila Birtles in 1963 but ended up marrying the imprudent Myra Dickinson in haste instead. The Booths had lived at 13 Coronation Street for six months when debt incurred from Myra's compulsive spending on Hire Purchase forced them to give up the house and move in with Myra's parents. They separated in 1965 when their daughter was stillborn and Jerry returned to Coronation Street, where he became Len's business partner. In 1968, Jerry's divorce came through and he left the Street again. Three years later, he returned to find work and was taken on by Len, who was now in partnership with Ray Langton. Jerry was effectively Len and Ray's housekeeper at No.9, where he was given lodgings, but in 1973 after he rescued the business he was made a partner again. He died suddenly from a heart attack in 1975.
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