Played by: Bill Waddington
2012 character poll position (men): 20
The Street’s resident nosy parker and moral guardian with his flat cap for nearly 15 years.
Introduced as caretaker at the Community Centre. He was forced to retire in 1988.
His pomposity, sense of humour bypass and interfering rubbed many people up the wrong way.
Emily Bishop’s lodger between 1988 and 1997.
Had a budgie called Randy.
After his retirement, he did a stint as a lollypop man but was sacked as he lied about his age.
Spent his time being chased by an infatuated Phyllis Pearce and romancing the likes of Olive Clarke and Maud Grimes. He was also fond of a cup of tea and toasted teacake at Jim’s Café and a pint in the Rovers.
Bored people rigid about his wartime memories, when he worked in an army canteen!
Any Percy fans out there?
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