SPOILER ALERT: Are you sure she's in there EastEnders' Shirley gives best friend Heather a colourful send off in a pink coffin… which looks a little on the small side
10:55 GMT, 2 April 2012
She was left absolutely devastated after discovering her best friend's body on the eve of her dream wedding.
But EastEnders' Shirley Carter showed no emotion as she attended Heather Trotts's funeral and paid a touching tribute to her lifelong pal.
But while she had clearly spared no expense to give her best friend a colourful send off – it seems they may have skimped a little on the size of the pink coffin.
Paying tribute: Shirley Carter, played by Linda Henry, gives a touching eulogy about her friend Heather Trott in funeral scenes to be shown on EastEnders this month
In scenes to be shown on the soap in
two weeks' time, Shirley, played by Linda Henry, is seen at the alter
next to Heather's bright pink coffin as she spoke to the congregation
about her friend.
However, it looks a tad on the small side to house the jolly, and rotund character played Cheryl Fergison.
In her eulogy, Shirley talks about how much she is going to miss her best friend but is unable to cry as she stands emotionless and stares out across the church.
But she in on hand to comfort Ben Mitchell, played by Joshua Pascoe, when he breaks down during his reading.
And his father Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden, looks on tensely as his son, who killed Heather, comes close to making a confession.
Comfort: Shirley hugs Ben Mitchell after he breaks down during his reading and comes close to confessing to Heather's murder
Under pressure: Ben has difficulty with his reading as the guilt overwhelms him and Jay, who witnessed Ben killing Heather
He and Jay Mitchell, played by Jamie
Borthwick – who witnessed Ben beat Heather with a picture frame – get up
to make a speech at the funeral.
But Ben starts to cry and starts apologising for his actions before breaking down in the pew and sobbing into Shirley's lap.
is seen comforting him but still remaining emotionless but in earlier
scenes, she is seen losing her rag as she comes face-to-face with Andrew
Cotton, played by Ricky Grover, who was arrested on suspicion of
You did this! Shirley has to be held back by fianc Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) and Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) as she comes face to face with Heather's violent fianc Andrew (Ricky Grover)
I'm innocent: Andrew protests to Shirley as he is comforted by (L-R) Cora Cross (Ann Mitchell), his mother Rose (Polly Perkins) and his aunt Dot Branning (June Brown)
In the scenes, she is seen being held
back by Phil and Billy Mitchell, played by Perry Fenwick, as she shouts
and screams at Andrew, who she believes killed her friend.
He looks crestfallen as he tries to
defend himself as his mother Rose Cotton, played by Polly Perkins, his
aunt Dot Branning, played by June Brown and Cora Cross, played by Ann
Mitchell stand by his side.
Shirley is later seen getting emotional again when the social worker
comes to her house and takes her godson, Heather's son George, away.
Her final journey: Denise Fox, played by Diane Parish, stands respectively outside the shop as Heather's coffin goes past in her hearse
There is also a scene showing Heather's white hearse taking her to the church as Denise Fox – Diane Parish – stands quietly and respectful outside the Minute Mart watching it go by.
And in another scene, which might not be relevant to the funeral, Phil is seen confronting Derek Branning, played by Jamie Foreman, in the cafe.
Cheryl Fergison played Heather Trott for almost five years before she was told her character would be getting axed this spring.
He's my godson! Shirley is seen losing her temper with a social worker who has come to take Heather's son George away
You've got to calm down babe: Phil tries to comfort his fiance and reassure her that they'll get George back
And although she has admitted she knew it was inevitable, Cheryl has spoken of her upset following the axe.
She told Best magazine: 'When they told me Heather
was for the chop, (the boss) had to get me a tissue.
character is sacrificed to make other stories work. I get it. I knew it
was going to come but it was still a shock.'
Don't mess with me: In another scene from the episode, Phil is seen confronting Derek Branning, played by Jamie Foreman