Beth Openshaw arrived in the village alongside her brother Mel in January 1976. Beth used to go to school with Peggy Skilbeck, formerly Sugden. Beth had a romantic relationship with Matt Skilbeck, and was with him when he got the sad news that his aunt and children were killed in a train accident. Matt was left miserable by the accident, even breaking down in tears in front of Beth. Beth left the village in February 1976.