|The Likely Lads character|
|Job||Electrician, later a Civil Engineer|
|First||Entente Cordiale - The Likely Lads|
|Last||The Likely Lads (Film)|
Bob was conceived by unmarried parents, the day before his father was posted to Catterick by the British Army. Bob was born on 22nd February 1944 into a working class family. Once he started school, he proved to be an impressionable child, on his own being conscientious, but being easily coaxed into trouble by friends, particularly Terry. At an early age Bob and Terry got into mild trouble, stealing Dinky toys from Woolworths and stealing a hosepipe. Bob left school to become an electrical apprentice with Ellisons Electrical; and while serving his apprenticeship, he also attended night school, eventually becoming a qualified electrician.
Bob was keener than Terry to mask his working class roots. After marrying Thelma Chambers, Bob aspired to be accepted into the middle class, much to Terry's disgust. Bob enjoyed playing squash with wife Thelma, but equally enjoyed drinking with Terry. He often blamed his drinking and smoking on Terry, and also his poor diet. Although that was in part true, Bob needed little persuasion to stay out drinking with Terry rather than going home to his wife.
Bob was hard working, conscientious, and fairly conventional; and unlike Terry, he was ambitious, although he was usually in need of guidance in order to achieve his ambitions. However, he was not particularly assertive, which made him easily led by his headstrong wife Thelma and equally headstrong friend Terry.
Despite Bob's ambition and enjoyment of his new found status, he has often defended Terry's 'down to earth' and 'unpretentious' ways, on one occasion even offending a friend of his and Thelma's in order to defend his friend.