Edward Ruskin wanted Amos Brearly to employ Alison Gibbons as a barmaid at The Woolpack. Amos was reluctant but later agreed. Ruskin often was called to help over village matters. Ruskin pumped Annie Sugden for info about the death of the wife of Charlie Nelson, a destitute elderly villager. In 1974, Ruskin clashed with local churchwarden Wally Lumm when Wally saw Ruskin at a Catholic church in Hotten.
In May 1975, Edward was asked to take over as vicar of a nearby parish and left Beckindale that month. For the next 2 years, the village had a few temporary vicars to replace Ruskin until Donald Hinton took over permanently in late 1977.
In 1983, Edward was temporarily posted back to Beckindale when Donald Hinton was away. He let his dog loose on a field and was berated by Joe Sugden until Joe recognised him and was delighted to see him again. Ruskin helped Seth Armstrong overcome his marriage difficulties with his wife Meg Armstrong. Edward then left the village for the last time.
"Well it's alright, I'm not a ghost and I'm human enough to get thirsty meself, though I daresay not as often as most of you. Hello Mr Brearly, how's business?" (first line)