EastEnders’ Jake Wood shares plans to remember Dame Barbara Windsor in memorial after lockdown

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EastEnders star Jake Wood has unveiled plans for a memorial service for Dame Barbara Windsor after lockdown ends.

The soap icon was 83 when she tragically passed away following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease in December 2020.

Dame Barbara was laid to rest in a touching funeral service in January. But, due to coronavirus restrictions just 20 mourners were allowed to attend, with Dean Gaffney reportedly being turned away.

The iconic actress’ husband Scott Mitchell reportedly previously shared his hopes to have a “remembrance memorial” for the Dame that will allow “everyone to celebrate her life together”.

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Now, 48 year old actor Jake, who plays EastEnders bad boy Max Branning, has revealed plans to pay tribute to the Peggy Mitchell star once lockdown is over.

Jake, who’s final scenes on the BBC soap are due to air soon after he quit the soap, paid tribute to the talented actress.

Actor Jake has told The Sun Online: “Barbara was a great friend and a great supporter of mine. I just miss her a lot.

“I speak to Scott regularly – we are in touch all the time and we've arranged to meet up once lockdown is over.

“The hope is that we can have some sort of remembrance memorial for her when things are normal. It'll be lovely.”

He revealed he will be “forever grateful” for the Dame’s support and said he has a photograph of himself and his wife Alison alongside Barbara and her hubby Scott, 58, framed in his living room.

Jake said: “Barbara really supported me when I first started and gave me great advice.

“She put an arm around me, if you like.

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“I will forever be grateful for what she did for me. She was very generous. As someone who had experienced every aspect of the business, she was always there for you.

“I think the best bit of advice she ever gave me was when I first joined. She warned me about the sudden exposure – the pitfalls.

“Her advice was don't change anything about who you are or what you do or where you go. I took that to heart and as a family we lived life as normal.”

Dame Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014 but kept her condition a secret until making the news public in 2018.

She died “peacefully” at a London care home with her husband Scott by her side.

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