We’re leaving The Vic
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?