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Des Clarke’s 1985 wed­ding day to Lor­raine King­ham was ru­ined by the pres­ence of sexy strip­per Daphne Lawrence in Des’ house on the morn­ing of the nup­tials.

Also dis­pleased by the de­vel­op­ment was Julie Robin­son, Lor­raine’s best friend and Des’ ex-girl­friend who went on to bit­terly op­pose Des’ sub­se­quent en­gage­ments to trou­bled di­vorcee Joan Lang­don, and worst of all, Daphne!

More women trou­ble en­sued for poor Des in the form of his trou­ble­mak­ing­mother Eileen who found that not one woman – es­pe­cially Daphne – was ever any good for her “Des­mond”.

Des and Daphne’s road to love was com­pli­cated by Daphne’s brief en­gage­ment to Shane Ram­say. Des’ first at­tempt to marry Daphne fiz­zled when a bank rob­ber hi­jacked Daphne’s wed­ding car. They split and Des fell prey to con artist An­drea Townsend who des­per­ately passed off her son Bradley as Des’ child.

Af­ter Eileen ex­posed An­drea and sent her pack­ing, Des and Daphne re­united and mar­ried in a gor­geous church wed­ding. Their love was com­pleted with the birth of baby Jamie be­fore Daphne left town for six months to care for her ail­ing fa­ther. Dur­ing this time, Des re­united with Mal­colm, the fa­ther who’d aban­doned him as a child while also dis­cov­er­ing that he had a half-sis­ter named Sally Wells.

Daphne was crit­i­cally

Des (Paul Keane) lost Daphne in a car crash, while Jane (above right) fled to Lon­don to care for Mrs Man­gel.

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