Rob­bie the en­forcer!

The ex-roadsweeper ar­rives in the Square to take charge of the mar­ket – closely fol­lowed by sis­ter So­nia…

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Rob­bie tries to get the mar­ket­stall hold­ers to chant and med­i­tate

You wouldn’t trust Rob­bie Jackson to or­gan­ise a booze-up in a brew­ery, so it’s no won­der the Bridge Street traders are speech­less when the for­mer roadsweeper is un­veiled as the new part-time Mar­ket En­force­ment Of­fi­cer.

It’s all Carmel’s fault. Now that she has got a job in the coun­cil’s planning depart­ment, there’s only so much time she can spend pac­ing up and down with a clip­board, and she needs back-up. No-one can be­lieve it when Rob­bie ap­pears in his suit – a big change from his hiviz vest of old. And Martin, Kush and Donna feel like they’ve en­tered the twi­light zone when he later leads them on a train­ing day.

‘Rob­bie’s spent a lot of time in In­dia, and he tries to get the stall­hold­ers to chant and med­i­tate,’ re­veals Dean Gaffney, who was last in the soap for a guest stint in 2015, when screen mum Carol left. ‘They look at him like they don’t know what the hell he’s on about.’

Rob­bie’s not the only mem­ber of the Jackson clan com­ing home this week – so, too, is So­nia. She was last in Wal­ford in Septem­ber, when she brought Shirley Carter down a peg or two be­fore tak­ing up a nurs­ing job in Ket­ter­ing. It was sup­posed to be a dream pro­mo­tion, so why has So­nia sud­denly turned her back on it? Was she miss­ing all those theme nights in The Vic, or is there an­other rea­son?

Plenty of folk are pleased to see her, but none more so than Dot. She has ear­lier had a fall af­ter trip­ping up over Dave the cat, and is left stranded on the floor for hours un­til So­nia fi­nally finds her.

As Dot is taken to hospi­tal, where she has an op­er­a­tion on her hip, So­nia rails at the lo­cals for not check­ing up on the pen­sioner af­ter she failed to show up at Pa­trick’s birth­day drinks in The Vic.

Mean­while, So­nia also has a run-in with Martin. She wants their daugh­ter Bex to move out of his and Stacey’s place and live with her and Rob­bie at their new flat. As Bex over­hears them row­ing about it, the teenager feels torn over what to do. Will she pack her bags or stay put?

Point­ing the fin­ger: Rob­bie goes all New Age

Chat’s all folks: The train­ing day goes off the rails Cat-as­trophic fall: Dot is whisked off

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