Viewers of EastEnders were touched and amused this week, when the BBC soap appeared to pay tribute to legendary character Pat Butcher.
The iconic Walford resident hasn’t been seen on screen since New Year’s Day 2012, when she was killed off after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
But fans certainly have not forgotten her…
On Tuesday (October 8), those watching from home were thrilled when Ben Mitchell gave a nod to the popular character when he dressed up with his daughter Lexi.
In cute scenes, the East End hardman showed his softer side when he allowed his child to put make-up on him and dress him in a tiara, fairy wand and jewellery.
But it wasn’t just any jewellery… It was large, chandelier-style dangly earrings that could have come straight out of Pat’s own jewellery box.
Fans rushed to Twitter to comment on the resemblance!
One wrote: “Has he gone through Pat’s closet?”
— Walford Web (@walfordweb) October 8, 2019
— fi (@RockgirlFiona) October 8, 2019
#EastEnders why was Ben dressed like Pat?
— Gemma Dakin (@GemmaDakin93X) October 8, 2019
Another added: “Why’s he dressed as Pat?”
A third typed: “Did he steal those earrings from Pat?”
“Are they Pat’s old earrings?” asked one more.
EastEnders viewers were in bits when the BBC soap aired Pat’s funeral on January 13, 2012.
Fans of the soap were devastated to say goodbye to the character, who was one of the longest-serving on the show after 25 years and six months.
Pam St Clement, now 77, carried on acting after leaving the BBC soap and went on to star in Casualty as Sally Hodge.
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