Forgive me if we’ve discussed this already; I haven’t had time to keep track of all the posts/comments.
Anyway, it’s dawned on me who the old man that Tony Gordon is trying to toss out….and we’re talking OLD OLD SKOOL Corrie.
He’s Jed Stone who was a tennent of of Minnie Caldwell (on Corrie 1960 – 1976) who became like a son to her. You can get an sense of their relationship through this link. He would call her ‘Ma’ and she’d call him ‘Sunny Jim’ – like his cat. In fact, his cat seems to be a tribute to Minnie Caldwell as he holds the cat the same way Minnie held her ‘Bobby’.