Barbara Windsor has criticised the decision made by EastEnders bosses to kill off Pam St. Clement’s character Pat Evans.

The acting stalwart – who makes a brief return to the soap as Peggy Mitchell in tomorrow night’s episode – made the comments during an interview on ITV’s This Morning.

It was originally reported that Pam St. Clement had decided to leave Albert Square in 2011 after playing the role of Pat since 1986. However, Windsor has hit out at the decision to kill the character off and states that St. Clement had only planned to take a short break from the serial.

Speaking to Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby she said:

“[What happened to] Pam was a disgrace, we never understood it. She told me she wanted a little time off and next thing I know she’s phoning me up saying ‘can I come and see you?’ and she looked at me her face with big tears and she went ‘they’re killing me off Bar’. Nobody knew why, nobody and by God isn’t she missed! I hope she don’t mind me saying that… I think everybody knew she didn’t want to go, it was a shock to her. She’s a good bird and she’s a good lady to have in a show like that.”

Pat and Peggy were a popular double act in EastEnders, the pair originally started out as enemies as they fought over Frank Butcher (Mike Reid) before becoming pals.

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