Frederick Gee was a character in Coronation Street from September 1975 to Ep 2469 - 28 Nov 1984. He was the cellarman of the The Rovers Return and often was brash and lazy and thought he was in charge. He acquired his job in 1976 when ageing landlady Annie Walker needed a cellarman. He was sacked from his job in August 1984 by Billy Walker and left a few months later after being sacked by Mike Baldwin from his job at Baldwin's Casuals, Coronation Street for impersonating him. Fred was never seen or heard from in Weatherfield again. Fred was played by actor Fred Feast.
Frederick Gee was born on the 7th October 1934 in Weatherfield. He had a sister and a brother. Fred was educated at Bessie Street School. He later met Edna and they married in about 1955 but they never had any children. Fred Gee worked as a barman and cellarman for years.
Fred Gee's wife died in a warehouse fire in 1975. He was devastated. He was known to the residents of Coronation Street. Upon the departure of her son Billy Walker in 1975, Annie Walker, the landlady of The Rovers Return, Coronation Street struggled to run the pub without a cellarman and no one to check everyone was out of the pub after closing, after the incident where Stan Ogden and Albert Tatlock were locked in the cellar overnight, and a break in, in November 1975. So in March 1976, Fred Gee was soon hired as a live in potman, to live in the spare room upstairs and work on the property, thus deterring any further break ins if elderly Annie had a male potman living with her. Fred soon became good friends with Betty Turpin and Bet Lynch and many residents of Coronation Street. Fred did some deals with factory owner Mike Baldwin. Fred was conned by Frankie Baldwin, Mike's father.
In 1981, Fred married Eunice Nuttall but they separated soon after. In 1983, Fred tried to seduce Bet by offering to take her out for the day, just the 2 of them but Bet did not want to be left alone with the lecherous man so asked Betty to come along. Fred was not happy and showed this during the trip. He had just had his car serviced by Brian Tilsley but collected it before Brian could complete the work as he needed a car quickly. He was unaware the brakes were not fixed yet. On the trip the car rolled into the lake and Fred had to paddle to the car to rescue Bet and Betty. In October 1983, Fred floored Eddie Yeats in a row in The Rovers. Fred became friends with regular customer Jack Duckworth.
In February 1984, when Annie Walker was away on an extended break, Fred was sick of being bossed about by Bet and Betty. Annie had left Betty in charge and Fred hated this. Fred went over Annie's head and went to the brewery and asked for the temporary managers job. George Newton said he would consider it. Fred was given the job. He started to enjoy having power over Bet, Betty and Hilda and started to remind them not to make mistakes. A complain about a pie had been made, so Fred turned scientist by testing all the pies, in his investigation. Fred soon started having stomach pains and cramps, and had to go into hospital with food poisoning. A new manager had to quickly be found.
Billy Walker was called to take over the pub. He was then called to Jersey before Fred returned but in July 1984, Billy came back for good. Billy hinted at job cuts, and cutting back on some staff. Fred thought his job was safe, being the live in cellarman, and saw himself as Billy's right hand man. But Billy told Fred that out of all the Rovers staff, he has the biggest reason to discuss his future.
Fred later asked Billy what he meant by discussing his future, and Billy said "Last in, first out.". Billy told Fred he was no longer needed, and said that Fred had better look for a new job and a new place to live, as his room comes with the job, but can stay until he does so. Fred was angry, and kept saying that he has worked for 8 years as cellarman, flogging his guts out for Billy mother. Billy said he runs the pub now and Fred has to leave once he gets another job. Fred asked for time off work to go job hunting and Billy accepted. But Fred took a sneaky afternoon off to go to the races. Mike Baldwin said that he saw Fred and Jack Duckworth saying they were going to the races for the afternoon, when Fred said he wanted to go job hunting. Billy was livid. When Fred returned, Billy said he wanted Fred out of the job, and out of the pub by the end of the week. He said that Fred now has all the time in the world to look for a new job.
But Fred would not leave The Rovers without a fight and demanded compensation. Billy said no chance. Fred told Billy that he thought that was why Billy did not mind if Fred went job hunting, as if he had found a new job, he would lose any claim to severance pay. Fred said he is not leaving then, if he is not getting compensation. Billy softened a bit towards Fred and said he did owe him something. He said Fred can stay on until he gets a new job, ad will be on full pay, plus when he does go, he will give Fred a couple of weeks extra wages to help him on his way. Fred rejected the offer and said he wanted full compensation for the 8 years he has been here, and may get the courts onto Billy if he needs to.
Billy did not want the courts involved, as he himself did lots of dodgy schemes. Billy asked Ken Barlow for advice on whether cellar men can get compensation and Ken said that Fred had a case. Billy found that another landlord had got rid of a cellarman without having to pay money to him, which was to goad him into thumping him so he could sack him, thus the cellarman getting nothing. Billy used this idea on Fred. Billy then overworked Fred, getting him to whitewash the yard, the cellar and to do Hilda Ogden's cleaning. Billy made jibes at Fred all the time as well as micromanaging him. Billy insulted Fred so one night in August 1984, Fred hit him and Billy's plan worked. He sacked Fred. Fred left the area for a week or 2 but then returned. Fred then found that Billy had blackened his name at the brewery and no pub would employ him. Fred almost thumped Billy again. But Fred got a job working as a delivery driver for Mike Baldwin.In October 1984, Fred's friend Jack Duckworth got Fred into selling shirts. When Mike Baldwin was away on business, Fred delivered more shirts to Jack, while buying them off lorry driver Joe Schofield. A businessman, Frank Tyler looked at the writing on the van Fred was driving which gave the address of Mike's factory. One time he turned up at the factory and saw Jack. Jack quickly got Fred to impersonate Mike. Fred was uneasy. Frank and Fred dined and wrote out a cheque but to Mike instead of Jack. Fred and Jack sweet talked Tyler and Tyler gave them cash in hand. However that was not the end of it as Tyler later phoned the factory wanting to buy some more shirts, and spoke to the real Mike Baldwin who found that Fred had impersonated him. Tyler described the man he thought was Mike as fat, balding, and wore glasses. Mike knew this was Fred Gee, and Fred had impersonated Mike, and had conned Mike while he was away.
Mike wanted to confront Fred. In November 1984, at Stan Ogden's funeral wake in the Rovers, Mike finally confronted Fred about how he impersonated him while he was away. Fred tried to fob Mike off but Mike told Fred to come into his office tomorrow and "collect his cards", meaning Fred was sacked. Fred was distraught, and he then grimaced at Jack for Mike finding out.
After being sacked in November 1984, Fred had no reason to stay in Weatherfield any more and wanted to start afresh. He left the area for good and was not seen or heard from in Weatherfield again. He never kept in touch with Bet or Betty. He even lost contact with best friend Jack Duckworth.
With Fred gone from the area forever, the Rovers did not have a proper cellar man until February 1985 when Wilf Starkey took over but he left in August 1985 and Jack took over as the permanent cellar man.
After 1984 to his death in 1998Edit
In Ep 2590 - 27 Jan 1986 Fred was mentioned by Bet Lynch, who was then a landlady. Bet was discussing with Jack Duckworth about an arrangement Fred had with Annie Walker about using her car. In December 1986, Hilda mentioned Fred Gee to Sally Webster saying "how he thought he was gods gift". Hilda mentioned him in past tense and his 1986 whereabouts were unknown.
Sometime during the last few months of 1998, Fred died aged 64, 14 years after he was last seen in Weatherfield.
In January 1999, his ex wife Eunice Gee returned to Weatherfield and said Fred had died a few months previously. Eunice soon decided to retire to Spain and left Weatherfield in May 1999.
Appearances: 29 September–6 October 1975, 22 March 1976–28 November 1984
Born: 7 October 1934, Weatherfield
Died: Inbetween July and December 1998 (Aged 63 or 64)
Full Name: Frederick Gee
Nicknames: Fred Face
- Some sources state that Fred was born in October 1929, same as the actor yet others state he was born in 1934. In April 1981, Fred was said to be 2 years older than Eunice. Eunice was 44 at the time so this means Fred was born in October 1934.
- Fred Feast originally appeared as a barman called Fred (1972) for two episodes in 1972. The two characters are not the same however.
- In 1984 Fred Feast took time off work, which would then become permanent as he decided not to sign a new contract, stating that he didn't want to become another "Coronation Street cabbage". The year before he had previously taken time off work citing depression, although the truth behind this claim is unclear as he was seen at a football match in seemingly fine health. The character of Fred's final scenes were him being exposed by his boss Mike Baldwin for his shenanigans while Mike was away on business and Mike sacking him. Fred Feast was told by producer Bill Podmore that he would get a very low key exit seeing as he did not want to become another Corrie cabbage. So the character was last seen in the pub, being told he was sacked by Mike, and then never seen again.
- Upon Eunice's return in 1999, she revealed that Fred had died of a heart attack. Feast was alive at the time, however passed away six-months after his character's death, but from abdominal cancer.