John is a builder whom Alan employed in 2002 to construct his house. John is from Manchester, and is always seen wearing shorts, a utility belt and a beanie hat. He is also usually rolling or smoking a cigarette. At first, Alan irritated John by mocking his accent and criticising his work. After learning of Michael's friendship with Tex, however, Alan attempted to befriend John, discussing their shared appreciation of James Bond films and sharing a bottle of Sunny Delight with him. Despite Alan's awkward and offensive behaviour, John was tolerant towards him and agreed to stay at the house to protect him from Lynn's boyfriend, Gordon, in exchange for £200.