Emily Bishop’s nephew who came to stay with his aunt in 1997 and next door neighbour romanced Toyah Battersby. An eco-warrior, his Christian name was ‘Geoffrey’ and only Emily called him that. In a fight to save the Red Rec, he persuaded Emily to protest by spending the night up a tree which she did. He’s also remembered for playing the didgeridoo and for rubbing Fred Elliott’s nose the wrong way due to his veganism. He fought against Audrey Roberts for a council seat but lost. In 2001, he left for India but returned two years later to help his aunt recover after she was attacked by Richard Hillman. During his visit, he managed to woo Toyah and both of them left together for London. Oh, I should mention that Flaming Nora has rather a soft spot for him!
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45. Alf Roberts 1961-1963, 1967, 1971-1999 (34 votes)
Everyone’s favourite grocer who was part of cobbles life for over 30 years and who’s well known for his trilby hat and white grocer’s coat. His association with the Corner Shop dated back from when he chased Maggie Clegg in the early 1970s but he didn’t become a staple until he married Renee Bradshaw in 1978. For the next sixteen years he would be the one to serve the residents behind the counter until his retirement in 1994. A true Northerner, he lost first wife Phyllis to cancer in 1972 and after being rejected by Maggie, he later married Renee. Renee was killed in a lorry/car collision in 1980. Alf married floozy Audrey Potter in 1985, producing one of the most popular and successful partnerships in the Street’s history. As well as being a shopkeeper, Alf delved in local politics and for over 30 years served in the council and served two terms as mayor: in 1973 and 1994. For his services he was awarded an OBE in 1995. By the late 1990s, Alf’s health deteriorated and on New Year’s Day 1999, he passed away. Always known for being stingy, in actual fact he left Audrey a penniless widow as his insurance expired at the end of 1998.
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