EASTENDERS will celebrate tragic Lola Pearce’s life with a festival-style knees-up.
My exclusive picture shows Albert Square decked out with bunting and a balloon arch reading “Lola Fest”.
This exclusive picture shows Albert Square decked out for a festival-style funeral for Lola Pearce
Lola, played by Danielle Harold, lost her battle with brain cancer
A small stage and table of food and drink complete the set as well as an array of colourful tents and gazebos.
A show source said: “As photos have already shown, Lola’s funeral will be a flower-strewn affair, with colourful blooms as Walford’s residents show their love for their tragic friend.
“But the wake will be a big celebration of the way Lola lived her life with music and laughter.
“The whole Square will come together to share stories and it will make for a really touching episode.”
Behind-the-scenes photos last week showed the cast filming her funeral after Lola, played by Danielle Harold, lost her battle with brain cancer.
Dannielle said: “Lola’s story has been a very hard one to tell and one that sadly affects so many people.
“Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet historically only 1% of research is allocated to this devastating disease.
“I would like to take a moment for everybody that has reached out to me and shared their experiences with me, I have read every message and hold all of your messages close to my heart whilst playing this story.
“I have been blessed to meet the most incredible people and work 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 your support, advice and love.”
It was announced last year that Danielle was leaving the role and Lola would be killed off in the devastating storyline.
And fans realised that she was likely to lose her battle with cancer when they spotted her photo framed behind the bar at the Queen Vic during February’s shock flash forward scenes – an honour bestowed on Walford’s dead.
The scenes are expected to air soon.
A source revealed: ‘It’s a big celebration of the way Lola lived her life’ – pictured above Lola with husband Jay
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“Everybody saw how nervous I was. I don’t know how you can perform in front of that many people – especially industry legends.”