We’re leav­ing The Vic

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Mick has a sad an­nounce­ment for the lo­cals – but he has a plan up his sleeve…

Short of win­ning the lot­tery, there’s no way the Carters can pay the ex­tor­tion­ate re­pair bill for The Queen Vic that Grafton

Hill have slapped them with. So, with a heavy heart, land­lord Mick tells the faarmly that they need to make an an­nounce­ment…

Later, with the bar packed and shady lady Fi Brown­ing in at­ten­dance, he ex­plains to the lo­cals that the cost of the nec­es­sary ren­o­va­tions has left them with no choice but to hand over the pub to the free­hold­ers. Ev­ery­one’s in up­roar at the prospect of their beloved East End boozer be­ing run by a bunch of soul­less types in suits. But that is exactly what Mick had been count­ing on.

‘Be­fore long, the pun­ters are vow­ing to help raise the money that the Carters need,’ re­veals our Wal­ford mole, ‘which is what Mick was se­cretly hop­ing for. It’s one in the eye for Fi and her fam­ily.’

So, Honey Mitchell wastes no time in do­ing her bit, and sug­gests a ‘sa­fari sup­per’ – a meal that in­volves hav­ing dif­fer­ent cour­ses at dif­fer­ent peo­ple’s houses. That doesn’t sound like a bad idea if Ian Beale’s in­volved – the fella can whip up a beef bour­guignon with his eyes shut. Then again, would you re­ally want to shell out some of your hard-earned money to share a din­ing ta­ble with Squeale?

Michelle, Carmel and Kim all come on board, as does Karen Tay­lor, who of­fers to make a pud­ding. How­ever, Karen can’t af­ford the in­gre­di­ents, leav­ing Honey feel­ing obliged to hand over some money.

Will the night be a suc­cess, or will Mick be left won­der­ing if he’s made a big mis­take?

Sneaky: Mick knows how to get the pun­ters on his side

Los­ing out? How will Fi re­act to Mick’s move?

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