The Queen Vic EastEnders

Easties fans outraged as character sacked after 30 years’ service

They can't do this to Tracey!

She may have only had a couple of speaking lines during her time in EastEnders, but Tracey the barmaid is an integral part of the Queen Vic.

Whether she’s pulling pints or cleaning the lavs, she’s been a permanent and popular fixture in Walford for the past 30 years.

Punters and viewers alike love her.

So woe betide anyone who tries to get rid of Trace!

Well that’s exactly what newcomer Woody HAS done.

Businesswoman Fi Nightingale has only been on the Square five minutes, but she quickly instructed Shirley she needed to get rid of staff members to save money.

Doubtless, Woody was worried his neck was on the line so ruthlessly jumped in and gave Tracey her marching orders and packed her off with her last pay packet.

Just like that!

Brutal doesn’t begin to cover it. Mortified Sharon and Shirley could only stare at the ground as shell-shocked Tracey mumbled: “But I love this job.”

We should have known there was trouble ahead when Tracey was given a line in Thursday’s episode, as she introduced herself to Fi.

The quiet barmaid has been like a part of the furniture at the Vic since the soap began back in 1985.

Rarely have EastEnders fans been so cross about a plot. They really went to town on Twitter:

Petition, anyone?