Pearl is the mother of Abigail Chadwick, who had been killed in a motor accident and her son, Kofi Tavernier, was left in Pearl's care. He resided with her and her husband Henry Chadwick in Bristol. Kofi's father, Clyde Tavernier, visits occasionally, but he desperately misses his son and he is furious to discover that Pearl and Henry are planning to emigrate with Kofi to Jamaica in December 1990. Clyde is unable to talk Pearl out of taking Kofi, but Clyde's mother, Etta Tavernier, steps in and they allow Clyde to spend some time with Kofi in Walford before departing for the airport. Clyde cannot bear to lose his son, and he follows the Chadwick's to the airport and persuades them that he can give Kofi the stability he needs. Clyde brings Kofi home to Walford in time for Christmas, and the Chadwicks leave to Jamaica.