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. In early 1983, 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. This also ended Jackie and Andy's friendship. Sandie and Andy planned to marry but instead, she moved to Scotland and put the baby up for adoption. Upon her return in 1984, she and Andy met up again but afterwards they stayed away from one another.