In May 1975, Edward was asked to take over as vicar of a nearby parish and left Beckindale that month.
In 1983, Edward was temporarily posted back to Beckindale when Donald Hinton was away. He helped Seth Armstrong overcome his marriage difficulties with his wife Meg Armstrong. Edward then left the village for the last time.
"Well it's alright, I'm not a ghost and I'm human enough to get thirsty meself, though I daresay not as often as most of you. Hello Mr Brearly, how's business?" (first line)