|Born: 6 July ?
16 August 1990
Appeared circa 1989-1990
|Wife of Pete||IMDB entry for Fionnuala Ellwood who played Lynn||(1989-1994)|
Father of Pete
Born: 31 October 1918
|Teddy Turner who played Bill||(circa 1989-1991)|
Peter Whiteley Jr
|b. 28 August 1990, son of Pete & Lynn||Sam Walker played Peter Jnr||(1990-1994)|
|See also She Wolf's Emmerdale Scrapbook under Deaths at www.emmerdale.tk|
the following (in this white box) is a profile in the book "The Emmerdale Family Album" (by Michael Heatly and Published by Boxtree Paperback - 30 June, 1995 ):-
The village has seen its share of bad boys over the years. Yet few have upset
the apple-cart quite as dramatically as Pete Whitclcy, the man whose amorous,
adulterous designs on teenager Rachel Hughes ended abruptly when her mother
Kate accidentally ran him down.
Pete Whiteley made his first appearance as a friend of Jackie Merrick. A salesman by profession, he had appropriately been blessed with the gift of the gab one he was apt to use on pretty girls as well as prospective customers of the agricultural supplies firm he worked for. Lynn, whom he married, was one of the former. They made their home at Whiteley's Farm, owned by his father Bill - a morbid character so obsessed by death that his conversation rendered people near-suicide.
The affair between Pete and schoolgirl Rachel began in August 1989. Initially,
he was happy to enjoy Rachel's favours; it was a much-needed boost to the
ego, and it did him good to feel the dominant partner in a relationship, given
ability to get her own way. But Rachcl's physical commitment made their aflair,
in her eyes anyvay, a whole lot more serious. Pete panicked, feeling things
were getting out of hand, and ended the relationship at the village bonfire
party' in November. His timing had been perfect, because shortly afterwards
Lynn announced she was expecting their first child.
Rachel managed to resume her 'A' level studies and gain the grades she needed for university, but Pete couldn't leave her alone. Drawn like a moth to a flame, he returned to the village in August, but found Rachel an altogether different proposition from the dizzy schoolgirl he'd bedded mere months before. She was now the dominant character, in control of both her emotions and the relationship.
One summer's evening thcy wcnt for a drink - but Rachel, seeing Pete had been consuming rather too much alcohol (another Whitclcy failing), confiscated his car keys. While making his unsteady way back to collect them, he was knocked down and killed by Kate, who was driving home along the Robblcsfield Road after a night out with an old fricnd, Fran.
Pete's death devastated his father and wife. It also split the Hughes family in two: Kate was charged five days later with causing death by reckless driving. Nor would the story go away: a lurid account of Pete and Rachel's affair appeared in a Sunday tabloid the following month, scandalizing the village. Although life went on, Pete Whiteley still cast a shadow from beyond the grave.