Alison Gibbons arrived in Beckindale for employment at The Woolpack on Reverend Ruskin's recommendation. She had previously worked at a hotel in Liverpool and had known Ruskin when she was a child. Alison was imprisoned for theft as she had been stealing to help her husband but he died whilst she was in prison. She arrived in Beckindale for a fresh start. She later took over the Village Shop from Amy Postlethwaite.
1973: Release from prisonEdit
Alison was released from prison in February 1973. Edward Ruskin had successfully managed to convince Amos Brearly to give her a trial run for a job at The Woolpack. Alison was concerned for The Woolpack's business and tried to show Amos that the pub was too old-fashioned by selling food. Amos wasn't convinced but Alison proved him wrong when they kept selling out of rolls. Alison later began seeing Jack Sugden, worrying Amos that it may destroy his reputation. Alison put him straight, telling him that she doesn't need his permission to see anyone. Alison also strikes a friendship with Henry Wilks, leaving Amos downbeat that she prefers to spend her free time with Henry, not him. He offers her the spare room in The Woolpack to stay in, which she accepts.
Alison's friendship with Henry begins to turn romantic, and in April 1973, he proposes to her. However, she rejects him, unsure about getting married for a second time. Amos's quest into finding a wife to run The Woolpack with, results in him proposing to her but she rejects him, and decides she needs a break from the village.
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