EASTENDERS celebrate the tragic life of Lola Pearce with a festival-style kneel.
My exclusive picture shows Albert Square adorned with bunting and a balloon arch that reads “Lola Fest”.
A small stage and a table with food and drinks complete the set, as well as a number of colorful tents and pavilions.
A show source said: “As photos have already shown, LolaThe Walford funeral will be a flower-strewn affair, with colorful blooms as Walford residents show their love for their tragic friend.
“But the wake will be a big celebration of how Lola lived her life of music and laughter.
“The whole square will come together to share stories and it will be a really touching episode.”
Dannielle said: “Lola’s story was a very difficult one to tell and one that saddens so many people.
“Brain tumors kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, but historically only 1% of research is devoted to this devastating disease.
“I would like to take a moment for everyone who has reached out and shared their experiences with me. I have read every message and carry all your messages close to my heart as I act out this story.
“I’ve been fortunate to meet the most incredible people and have worked with some wonderful charities along the way and I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support, advice and love.”
Last year it was announced that Danielle was leaving the role and Lola would be killed in the devastating storyline.
And fans realized she was likely losing her battle with cancer when they spotted her photo framed behind the bar the Queen Vic during the shock flash-forward scenes in February — an honor bestowed on Walford’s dead.
The scenes are scheduled to air soon.
JOEL DOMMETT told his Masked Singer co-star Davina McCall that his wife Hannah Cooper expected before telling his mother.
Speaking to Loose Women yesterday, he revealed: “Hannah texted me saying ‘I’m pregnant.’ Davina said, ‘What’s up?’ I say, ‘Hannah is pregnant!’”
ZOE HAS A BALL ABROAD
ZOE BALL is newly single after splitting from her model partner of five years, Michael Reed, but it sounds like she already has a plan to get back in the dating game.
The Radio 2 presenter has confessed to Alan Carr on his podcast Life’s A Beach that she loves vacations romance.
Zoe said: “Isn’t it great when you go somewhere and you don’t know who you are and you can misbehave.
“I fell in love with a Greek boy once, riding the back of his moped. He was talking to me, I had no idea what he was saying.
“I’ve always liked vacation romances.
“I fell in love with a surfer in Mexico. He’s probably married with kids, so I won’t reveal his name!”
FANS WILL NOT BUY BGT ACT
BRITAIN’S Got Talent fans were stunned when the unlikely sensation emerged Travis George belted out a rendition of stars from Les Miserables.
It commemorated the 2007 winner Paul Potts who amazed with his tenor talent.
But fans were quick to realize that Travis had previously appeared in BBC hit Casualty, arguing that his shy personality was an act.
Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine yesterday, Travis said: “It’s my first controversy!
“Britain’s Got Talent had no idea of my very small amount of acting before I started.
“I have no artistic training. I have no GCSEs.”
He told presenter Christine Lampard: “It was hard enough getting on stage.
“Everyone saw how nervous I was. I don’t know how you can perform in front of so many people – especially industry legends.”