Stepping into the shoes of grumpy Albert Tatlock was another grump – Percy Sugden. He was introduced in 1983 as the new caretaker of the community centre, and soon clashed with Alf Roberts. He is remembered for his flat cap and recollections of the war. While Albert talked about WWI, Percy reminisced about WWII. He is also fondly remembered for being chased by blue rinsed pensioner Phyllis Pearce for many years – to his annoyance! And he was engaged to Maud Grimes. Even though he was bossy and rude – he was loved by the viewers! He was caretaker for five years until Maurice Jones decided to demolish the centre and Mike Baldwin’s factory and build new houses, a factory and two shop units. Percy found a home with Emily Bishop at Number 3, and a partnership was born, a partnership that would last nine years. Percy would often rub Emily the wrong way, but he was there for her during her breakdown in 1992. In 1997, after 14 years, Bill Waddington (who played Percy) quit the programme – due to the serial producing too much sex scenes. Percy left the street to a retirement home.
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