Andy Longthorn is the son of Clifford and Peggy Longthorn, as well as the brother of Carol Longthorn. Andy and Jackie Merrick befriended each other in 1980, and later Andy and Jackie's sister Sandie fell in love. Sandie fell pregnant at seventeen with Andy's baby. Jackie later discovered who the baby's father was and viciously beat up Andy, warning him to never go near Sandie again. Sandie moved to Scotland and put the baby up for adoption.