Ian & Jean bond at choir prac­tice


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The be­gin­ning of a sur­pris­ing new friend­ship emerges at choir prac­tice this week, when Ian and Jean end up hav­ing an emo­tional heart-to-heart.

Ian landed him­self a spot with the Walford War­blers in the des­per­ate hope it would bring him closer to his exwife Mel – and has con­tin­ued to at­tend re­hearsals, de­spite the fact that the ob­ject of his af­fec­tions isn’t a mem­ber!

So, as he and Jean sit next to one an­other at the prac­tice ses­sion, the pair be­gin to chat. And even with the loud dis­trac­tion of wail­ing Karen Tay­lor – who’s both­er­ing choir mis­tress Morag with her last-minute bid to join the choir – Jean lends Ian a kindly ear when the topic of his mur­dered daugh­ter Lucy comes up.

Jean is em­broiled in fam­ily trou­bles of her own right now, thanks to Kat, Al­fie and Hay­ley (see p4) – but she’s quick to of­fer Ian sym­pa­thy. Her kind­ness is warmly re­ceived too, as Ian is keenly aware of tragic Lucy’s ab­sence while the fes­tive sea­son ramps up. Mean­while, the Square busi­ness­man is also be­ing forced to come to terms with the harsh re­al­ity that a re­la­tion­ship with Mel is never go­ing to hap­pen – so is at a par­tic­u­larly low ebb.

Con­se­quently, Jean’s af­fec­tion comes at just the right time, and Ian is quick to show his ap­pre­ci­a­tion as he reaches out to touch stunned Jean’s hand. But will Jean be as taken aback as we are that Ian is ca­pa­ble of such grat­i­tude – and might this un­ex­pected close­ness be­tween the Walford lo­cals some­how de­velop into some­thing a lot more ro­man­tic?

Karen’s keen for a place in the choir hav­ing found out about a po­ten­tial cash prize

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