The Mallett twins lost their mother before their first birthday, in September 1999. Judy had been involved in a minor car accident while out in Vera Duckworth’s car, sold to her by her ne’er-do-well son Terry who knew it was a dangerous cut-and-shut. Seemingly just a bang on the leg, a week later she suffered a fatal embolism in the backyard of No.9, leaving devastated Gary a single dad.
The following year, Gary began a new relationship with Paula Shipley after rescuing her son Warren from the sea in Blackpool. That October, the new family-of-five left Weatherfield to live in Blackpool.