EastEnders viewers were torn after the BBC1 soap opera shared a touching tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor after her death.
Barbara, who played beloved Peggy Mitchell in the show from 1994 to 2016, died aged 83 earlier this month following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
On Thursday’s show, the current cast gathered for a slideshow in the plaza at Walford’s community Christmas dinner.
Remember: Fans were torn after EastEnders shared a touching tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor after her death aged 83 earlier this month
The slideshow paid homage to characters who have passed away over the years, including Peggy, Pat and Frank Butcher and Chantelle Atkins.
Her onscreen son Phil, played by Steve McFadden, 61, looked at the screen while remembering Peggy.
Viewers took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the “heartwarming” tribute, with one writing: “Phil looking at Peggy,” followed by a line of heartbroken emojis.
Another user said: “It really made me happy… made me happy that we had a screen release for Peggy when possible #EastEnders” [sic]
Goodbye Albert Square: Barbara played beloved Peggy Mitchell in the BBC1 soap opera from 1994 to 2016 (pictured saying goodbye in Albert Square for the last time in 2016)
A third writes: “This photo of Peggy in #EastEnders tonight… even more poignant today than it would have been #ripbarbarawindsor”
One spectator commented: “Noooo the minute the Eastenders put up this picture of Peggy, I curled up.”
Someone added: “Seeing Peggy in the slideshow made me cry #EastEnders”
‘Heartwarming’ tribute: Viewers took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the ‘heartwarming’ tribute
Son on screen: Phil, Barbara’s on-screen son, played by Steve McFadden, 61, looked at the screen remembering Peggy
Another continued, “I thought how nice it was that Ben smiled in a kind way and raised a drink after seeing the picture with Peggy, and I remember Max Bowden saying in tribute to Barbara Windsor “I wish our paths had crossed” #EastEnders’
Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell announced the news of her death earlier this month, saying, “I, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and an affection for the many. years of her love, her pleasure, her friendship and her luminosity that she brought to everyone. our lives and the entertainment she has provided to so many thousands of others over the course of her career.
“Barbara’s last few weeks were typical of the way she lived her life. Full of humor, drama and fighting spirit to the end.
Tributes: Other characters were featured in the slideshow, including Jessica Plummer’s character Chantelle Atkins (pictured)
“This was not the end that Barbara or anyone living with this very cruel disease deserved.
“I will always be immensely proud of Barbara’s courage, dignity and generosity in the face of her own illness while trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as she could.
“Dementia / Alzheimer’s remains the leading cause of death in the UK. While in these difficult times, I urge the Prime Minister, his government and other parties to live up to their previous promises and to invest more in research and care for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Heartbroken: Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell shared the news of the actress’ death earlier this month (pictured together last year)
“Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and caregivers who are the care home’s angels for your kindness and care to Barbara and me throughout her stay with you. You are my heroes.
“And my gratitude to our family, friends and everyone in the media and the general public for all the good wishes and warm support that has been shown to Barbara over the past several years during her illness. Barbara deeply appreciated this.
“May you rest in peace now my precious bar.” I lost my wife, my best friend and my soul mate and my heart or my life will never feel the same without you.
WHAT IS ALZHEIMER?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain, in which the accumulation of abnormal proteins results in the death of nerve cells.
This disrupts the transmitters that carry the messages and causes the brain to shrink.
More than 5 million people have the disease in the United States, where it is the 6th leading cause of death, and more than one million Britons are affected.
As brain cells die, the functions they provide are lost.
This includes memory, orientation, and the ability to think and reason.
The progression of the disease is slow and gradual.
On average, patients live five to seven years after diagnosis, but some can live ten to 15 years.
- Short-term memory loss
- Behavior changes
- Mood swings
- Difficulty handling money or making a phone call
- Severe memory loss, forgetting close family members, familiar objects or places
- Becoming anxious and frustrated with the inability to make sense of the world, leading to aggressive behavior
- Finally lose the ability to walk
- May have problems eating
- The majority will eventually need 24-hour care
Source: Association Alzheimer