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Wednesday, 5 July, 2000, 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
Frank and Pat's sunshine kiss
EastEnders wedding
Rat in a hat: Frank Butcher between Pat and Peggy
EastEnders favourite Frank Butcher will bow out of the soap after sharing one last kiss with former wife Pat.

A spokeswoman for the BBC show confirmed the pair would enjoy a liaison on a Spanish beach during a week-long special.

Actor Mike Reid, who plays Frank, announced he was quitting EastEnders earlier this year.


Eastenders' Pat Evans and Peggy Butcher
Rivals in love: Frank is torn between Pat and Peggy

He recently admitted he would love Frank to have a last fling with Pat, played by Pam St Clement, before he left and bosses of the series have granted his wish.

The spokeswoman said: "Pat is obviously incredibly torn between her love for her husband, Roy, and her old feelings for Frank.

Soft spot

"She's been hurt by Frank in the past, but she's coming to realise that she still has strong feelings for him and he has made no secret of his soft spot for her.

"I can confirm they do enjoy a romantic kiss on the beach."

The pair's encounter will be shown during the series of special episodes set on the Costa Blanca.


Vintage EastEnders
Blast from the past: Frank and Pat with Ricky and Diane

Frank and his wife, Peggy (Barbara Windsor) go away for a week in the sun with Pat and Roy (Tony Caunter), and Terry and Irene (Gavin Richards and Roberta Taylor).

The scenes will be screened on BBC One next month.

Reid, 60, who is also a stand-up comedian, decided to quit EastEnders because the busy filming schedule is taking its toll on him.

He took time off in the spring after suffering from exhaustion and wants to spend more time in his family.

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