5th September2010: Back in the winter of 1960, Ken Barlow had started a relationship with Susan Cunningham, a young girl he met at University who was from a different class and background to his terraced street upbringing. They parted after a couple of months and Ken spent the next half-century hardly giving her a thought. That was until Norris Cole discovered a long-lost letter dating from 1961 that Susan had sent Ken in which she told him that she was pregnant with his child. Ken traced Susan and discovered that she'd since passed away but Lawrence Cunningham, his son, was alive and well. Ken invited him round to No. 1 without telling him why, much to the annoyance of wife Deirdre who was further exasperated when Lawrence turned out to be a younger version of Ken with similar tastes and a similar history of philandering. Ken admitted his paternity to Lawrence and found out that he had two grandchildren he had never met, James and Chloe.
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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