Ray decided to establish his own yard in 1970, but a few months later returned to Len on the understanding that they would have an equal partnership.
When Jerry Booth arrived back in Weatherfield in 1972, he began working as a labourer, but felt that his duties were underappreciated by Fairclough and Langton. Saving them from financial ruin a year later, it was understood that he would become an equal partner and the business name was changed to Fairclough, Langton and Booth.
Upon Jerry's death in 1975, Fairclough and Langton was re-established. The partnership's terms were revised in 1977 so that Len owned 60%, with Ray owning the remaining 40%.