Thank you to Kaarina and Paul Berridge for the pictures on this page and to Paul Berridge for forwarding on this profile.
The following is based on a profile from the book "The Emmerdale Family Album" (by Michael Heatly and Published by Boxtree Paperback - 30 June, 1995 ):-
One of Alan turner's first moves on taking charge of the Woolpack was to employ a new barmaid after a succession of part-timers like Caroline Bates and Elizabeth Feldmann had proved unsatisfactory. Carol Nelson didn't exactly conform to the new, sophisticated image Turner had in mind, but there was little doubt that her presence would ensure the Woolpack remained the centre of village gossip for the foreseeable future.
Played by Nicola Strong
Nicola Strong played tearaway teenager Lorraine Nelson.
in summer 1992, Lorraine seemed intent on falling into bad company
and displaying antisocial
behaviour. It turned out that her disturbed ways were caused by
the fact her father had bused her as a child.
At length Lorraine ran away again, but on her return contacted her one-time wine-bar boss with a view to taking up residence at Whiteleys Farm. While Carol immediately squealed her protests it became apparent that Lynn was to he the chosen confidante for a horrifying story. Lorraine's father Derek had, unknown to Carol, been molesting their daughter repeatedly over the years. Having discovered her father had a new relationship and another daughter, Lorraine feared the same thing might happen to the child, and to prevent this possibility chose to reveal her ordeal. This she did to Lynn: the subsequent revelation to Carol all but broke her, at which Alan Turner offered the hand of friendship and reinstated her behind the bar. A combination of sympathy and therapy didn't stop Lorraine blackmailing Michael Feldmann, her fellow lodger at Whitdey's, when she observed him breaking bail. But a combination of time, love and tenderness (plus social worker Beth Andersen) finally did the trick and she returned home.
The rehabilitation of Lorraine continued apace when she was offered a job at Emmerdale Farm clearing the way for a farm shop. Along the way, she helped Robert Sugden nurse an injured barn owl. Olly. She taught Robert how to draw the wild birds of the district, as well as putting her artistic talents to use by designing a poster to advertise a trip to Blackpool organised by Seth in memory of his late wife Meg.
The arrival on the Woolpack scene of Shirley Foster certainly cramped Carol's style: was there really room for two dominant females behind the bar? The answer, unfortunately, was no - especially with Ms Nelson's holier-than-thou opinion of Mis Fosters chequered past, the expression of which was the possible source of countless rumours. And with Lorraine's acceptance at art college following two 'A' grades, the travel costs for mother and daughter were going to be prohibitive. With untypical subtlety, Alan Turner managed to find an answer to both problems by persuading a fellow licensed victualler to offer her a live in job nearer her daughter's new place of study. So it was that the Nelsons dissappeared into the sunset, knowing ths horrors they would be avoiding with the Christmas aircrash just weeks away.