Eddie Thomas was hired as an apprentice by Len Fairclough in 1964 and began work in the building trade. Eddie became friends with Joyce Lennox which surprised his boss who was dating Joyce at the time. Eddie and Jerry Booth worked on the Corner Shop for the next several days, which reopened on 11th March.
Eddie also began dating teenager Lucille Hewitt during that month and took her out but soon Eddie would start avoiding her. This upset Lucille and her father Harry Hewitt told Len to keep Eddie occupied so he would stop spending time with Lucille. Eddie then started dating Joyce, despite her being with Len. Eddie started to avoid his boss, and when questioned, Eddie said he had no idea that Joyce had stood him up. A few days later, Joyce left Eddie to go to work for Laurie Frazer at the Viaduct Sporting Club
Len had taken Eddie on as his contract to refurbish the club from a basement in Elliston's Raincoat Factory demanded it but Frazer was very late in paying Len and, with little other work coming in, Len was forced to lay him off.
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