Farewell, our friends
Emotions run high as Pam and Les say goodbye to Walford
t’s time for Les and Paaam to move on, but their loved ones won’t let them go without a farewell bash in the Vic. Let’s just hope Mick and Linda don’t get into a habit of lavishing the leavers with free drinks. With half the Square also heading to pastures new (Claudette, Masood, Babe, Roxy, Ronnie, Lee and Kyle, the last time we checked), they could end up bankrupt by Christmas.
The Cokers’ new home is in Worthing, but before they head to the seaside they’ve got four more days to cram in some good old traditional Walford trauma.
‘They’re terribly sad, not only about the tragedy of Paul but there’s the whole question of the business that they’ve put their heart and soul into,’ says Roger Sloman, who plays Les. ‘They’ve still got a way to go with the question of Christine, and they have to resolve that between them and overcome the tragedy of Paul’s murder.’
Pam is so preoccupied by the trial of
Paul’s killers that Les thinks she’s forgotten it would have been their late son Lawrie’s birthday. She swears that’s not so, only to be thrown by some big news.
The next day is Les’s birthday, but the pair are too busy to celebrate. Packing goes on the back burner, however, when they receive further news. In the light of that, Pam asks Ben to help her box up Paul’s clothes. He agrees and, after a heartfelt conversation, he raises a toast to Pam and Les, then decides to move on with his life.
As departure day nears,
Les starts to get cold feet, and so does Billy, who’s been left to run the funeral business. Adds Roger: ‘The signs are already there that Billy is struggling, but Les is putting that to one side and not thinking about it.’ Meanwhile, Pam’s in for a shock when she takes Paul’s clothes to a homeless shelter.
Claudette rallies the market traders for a party and, as Pam enjoys her final night in the Vic, she can’t resist some parting words with Babe. Will she put the scowling scoundrel in her place?
The Cokers are all smiles for their own departure Billy undertakes to carry
on Les’s good work
Pam and Babe share a not so fond farewell