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Gordon Clegg
Occupation Accountant
Born 20th May 1950
Residence Wimbledon
Father Ted Farrell
Mother Betty Williams
Spouse(s) Caroline Wilson (1982)
Children Peter Clegg (1985)
First appearance 15th April 1968
Last appearance 4th February 2004
Duration 1968-1975, 1981-1983, 1993, 1995, 2002, 2004
Played by Bill Kenwright
Geoffrey Leesley

Gordon Clegg (né Preston) and his family Les and Maggie Clegg moved into the Corner Shop in April 1968, but Gordon's 'father', the alcoholic Les only lasted until June 1968, when he was moved into a hospital to dry out, and he never came back to the family. Soon after he arrived, Gordon became friendly with Lucille Hewitt, and by the end of the year they planned to elope to Gretna Green to marry. Although Annie Walker (Lucille's guardian) and his 'mother' both opposed their courtship, it was only a delayed train at Preston that stopped them becoming man and wife. After they returned to the Street, they continued their engagement until a week before their wedding when Gordon got cold feet and called it off. Ashamed of his actions, Gordon fled to London to take up a career in accountancy.

By 1971, he had made a sufficient success of accountancy that he could lend Maggie Clegg the money to buy out Irma Barlow, her partner in the Corner Shop. Gordon returned to the Street in July 1974 when Maggie Clegg married draughtsman Ron Cooke and emigrated to Zaire; Gordon was left in charge of the shop, living at his Auntie Betty's (Betty Turpin). Lucille Hewitt was so upset at his return that she fled to her step-mother's in Ireland. Gordon wasn't so upset and was literally caught with his trousers round his ankles with a local girl by his Auntie Betty in her house. Gordon returned to London, and he rented out the shop on a weekly basis to the Hopkins family. At the end of 1974, Megan Hopkins was moving some furniture in the flat when she came across a birth certificate - Gordon Clegg's. He was born Gordon Preston; his mother was Elizabeth Preston, his father unknown. After a little research she found that Elizabeth Preston was now Betty Turpin. When Maggie and Betty found out, they told Gordon his dark secret. Betty, his real mother, had an affair with a married sailor during the war, and the resulting baby was adopted by Betty's sister Maggie and her husband Les Clegg. In February 1975, Megan Hopkins tried to blackmail Gordon with the information, in an attempt to buy the shop at a reduced price, but they were summarily evicted. Gordon persuaded Blanche Hunt to run the shop after that, and in May 1976, the Corner Shop was sold to Renee Bradshaw.

Although now settled in leafy Wimbledon with his wife Caroline and son Peter, Gordon and Betty see each other regularly.

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