Danny met Lucille after separating from his wife Sandra. A grease monkey and motorbike lover, Danny had been mothered to an extent by Sandra and it had fallen to her to manage their finances as he didn't hand in money consistently. Danny preferred to take each day as it came and was vehemently opposed to having children with Sandra, leading her to make a stand and kick him out in October 1973. They kept in contact with Danny paying Sandra maintenance rather than forking out for a divorce.
Lucille moved out of her friend Lorraine Binks's to live with Danny in his bedsit, but didn't tell anyone back in Coronation Street that she'd moved in case the news reached her former guardian Annie Walker.
In March, Danny got a job at the Canal Garage, not realising that his new boss Billy Walker was Annie's son and virtually an older brother to Lucille. From his P45, Billy discovered that Danny was married and passed this news onto Lucille, who had no idea that her partner had a wife. When Lucille confronted him, Danny lied that he'd been separated from Sandra for eighteen months. Lucille believed Danny when he assured her that Sandra was gone from his life and agreed to stay with him.
Another bump in the road surfaced when Lucille told Annie about her living arrangements (leaving out the part about Danny being married) and Annie then took an interest in their relationship. Danny was afraid that she would interfere but against his better judgement, he went to tea at the Rovers to meet her and allowed her to inspect their bedsit. His instincts were right; Annie tried to convince the couple to live with her at the Rovers and put the idea of marriage in Lucille's head. As Danny tried to put Lucille off, Sandra made a surprise appearance at the bedsit to press Danny over the missed maintenance payments. Danny wasn't there at the time, leaving Lucille to deal with Sandra, though Lucille was surprised to find her a reasonable woman with an understandable grievance with Danny. Sandra put Lucille straight about the length of time of their separation and Lucille, feeling sorry for her, paid the £5 in maintenance out of her own pocket. When Lucille confronted Danny, he stuck to his guns by refusing to pursue a divorce and realising that there was no prospect of marriage, Lucille packed her bags and left Danny. Danny wrote to Billy giving his notice from the garage a few days later.