|First appearance||2nd April 1990|
|Last appearance||14th September 1990|
|Number of appearances||34|
|Played by||David Beckett|
Joiner Dave Barton came to Tracy Barlow's rescue when she accidentally set the frying pan on fire at 1 Coronation Street in April 1990. Dave was working across the street at No.4 and was hired by Deirdre to put in a new kitchen at No.1. In doing so, he struck up a friendship with Deirdre and took her and Tracy out but Deirdre had qualms about going out with Dave on her own, despite his keenness, as she was only recently separated from Ken.
Once Dave finished the work at No.1, he persuaded Deirdre to let him take her out for a meal and she returned the favour by cooking for him at No.1. They shared a kiss and Dave wanted to take things further but Deirdre kept shutting him out, much to his frustration. As Ken's relationship with Wendy Crozier had hit the rocks, he was now interested in patching up his marriage and Tracy tried to put Dave off by saying Deirdre was also interested in a reconciliation. Deirdre convinced Dave she had no desire to get back with Ken but Ken's presence still blighted their relationship.
In June, Deirdre planned to sell No.1 to Newton & Ridley. Dave invited Deirdre and Tracy to move in with him, but Deirdre turned him down as she wasn't ready for that kind of relationship, and the brewery plans fell through anyway.
Dave was usually the one making plans for him and Deirdre and so when Deirdre suggested they go away to Portsmouth for a few days, Dave was pleased. However, Ken had stepped up his efforts to win Deirdre back and Dave was becoming tired of Deirdre constantly talking about Ken. Deirdre too was sick of Ken, and his interference caused her to initiate divorce proceedings. Delighted by the news, Dave proposed to Deirdre although she turned him down. Dave then walked out on her.