This wild emily hughes pdf needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Rachel arrived in Beckindale in 1988 with her mother Kate and brother Mark after her parents divorced.
Her mother began a feud with Joe Sugden in late 1988 after he shot and killed her dog because it was bothering his sheep. However, in early 1989, Joe and Kate fell in love and were married in April that year and Rachel was more accepting of her mother’s new relationship unlike her brother Mark who wanted their parents to reconcile. Rachel began an affair with married man Pete Whiteley on her 18th birthday. He ended it when his wife, Lynn, became pregnant and they moved away from the village.
Pete later returned and began seeing Rachel again until he was accidentally run over and killed by Rachel’s mother, Kate. Lynn later got her revenge on Rachel by embarking on a relationship with Rachel’s former stepfather, Joe. On 30 December 1993, a plane exploded over Beckindale, killing Rachel’s brother, Mark.
The disaster also left Chris Tate in a wheelchair. Rachel then began giving Chris swimming lessons and they embarked an affair. Chris’s wife Kathy saw them kissing on their third wedding anniversary and attacked Rachel, banging her head against a wall. In December 1994, Rachel discovered that she was two months pregnant with Chris’s baby and in June 1995, she gave birth to their son, Joseph Mark Tate, on the same day her former stepfather Joe Sugden died, naming her son in his honour.
Kathy was present when Rachel went into labour and stayed with her on the journey to the hospital as Chris was nowhere to be found. This led to the two women becoming best friends and Rachel named Kathy as Joseph’s godmother. On 7 December 1995, Rachel and Chris got married with Jack Sugden and his wife, Sarah, as witnesses.