First look at dying Lola Pearce’s wedding as her long-lost mum arrives in EastEnders

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LOLA Pearce is getting ready for her nuptials with Jay Brown but she’s in for a massive shock.

The EastEnders character will be reunited with her estranged mother as Patsy Kensit makes her Walford debut.

Lola Pearce was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour

Billy Mitchell decides to track down her mother Emma

Lola is getting ready to tie the knot with Jay Brown

After being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, Lola (portrayed by Danielle Harold) is determined to live her life as she wishes and tie up any loose end she can.

This prompted her to accept Jay Brown’s marriage proposal during the festive season.

With the ceremony fast approaching due to Lola’s wish to get married as soon as they could, she begins to stress about her hen do.

She feels awful and believes she looks terrible.

Ready to make sure she has a good time, Jay (Jamie Borthwick) gets Denise and Kim Fox (respectively played by Diane Parish and Tameka Empson) to swoop in and give her quick glow-up.

Meanwhile, Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) decided to track down Lola’s mother as a wedding present to her.

The market trader has a false start in his search for Emma Harding, leading to Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) to put some feelers out for him.

Will he ever find Emma?

Lola arrives at her hen do, feeling amazing and ready to enjoy a happy night with her nearest and dearest friends.

In later scenes, Billy and Jay become worried when Lola is secretive with her phone.

Billy swipes the device to find out what Lola is hiding, annoying Jay who is already horrified by Kim’s choice of costumes for him at his stag do.

The mechanic reluctantly agrees to look at Lola’s phone and joins Billy… before his other half walks in, finding them invading her privacy.

Later on, Phil has good news for Billy as he hands him the contact details for Lola’s mother…

But the young mother remains unaware of it all and, the morning of her wedding, she begins to feel very unwell.

Kim arrives to help her get ready and Lola admits she’s experiencing worrying symptoms.

Once Denise and Kim are finished with her hair and makeup, Lola begins to panic about her future with Jay and her daughter Lexi.

Lola is encouraged by Kim to make the most of every moment she has.

Elsewhere in Albert Square, Jay has a heart-to-heart with former partner Honey Mitchell who drops a bombshell on him.

She accidentally lets slip that Billy is off on a secret mission…

Before the wedding, Kim and Lola take a detour to the hospital so she can get checked out.

Lola shocks Kim when she tells her, later on, that she won’t be able to marry Jay that same day – could her health have taken a turn for the worse?

Billy’s secret mission is well underway when he manages to find Emma at her work and tells her who he is.

Whether she agrees to follow him to her own daughter’s wedding remains to be seen but Jay finds Billy and berates him for going behind Lola’s back.

However, he’s rattled when he arrives at the wedding venue, only to notice Lola is nowhere to be seen.

EastEnders airs from Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Jay asked Lola to marry him during the festive period

Lola’s mother Emma Harding will soon make her EastEnders debut
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