Farewell, our friends

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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

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