GALLERY: EastEnders legend Pam St Clement visited Bexleyheath to meet fans
PUBLISHED: 17:36 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:36 12 February 2015
She played Pat Butcher.
Soap star Pam St Clement, best known for her 26 year role as Pat Butcher, delighted fans at the Broadway Shopping Centre.
The well-loved actress signed copies of her autobiography The End of an Earring.
Ms St Clement left Albert Square for good in January 2012, and has reflected on her life and career in her book.
She said: “I have never been to Bexleyheath before so it was a first for me and it is always a pleasure to meet the people who have taken the time to come down and buy a book.
“Putting the autobiography together has been quite an intense and emotional journey for me, as well as a lot of fun, and I hope the readers are going to enjoy it.
“I have very much been focused on the book and now that it is done I am looking forward to several exciting future projects I have in the pipeline.”
Fans queued outside WH Smith to meet their screen idol.
One of them, Chris Conlan, arrived armed with his own Albert Square street sign.
Another lifelong EastEnders follower, who shares his surname with the Walford matriarch, Michael Butcher, said: “It was great. I’ve always wanted to meet her because she’s my namesake.
“I watched EastEnders for years and I’ve collected a number of autographs from cast members now like Dirty Den, Cindy and Angie.
“Pam was very nice, and a lot more friendly in real life – nothing like as bossy as Pat. I’m looking forward to reading her book.”
Hosting the event, WH Smith store manager Rob Boden said: “It went fantastically well. We had quite a crowd of 40 or 50 EastEnders fans here and sold as many books today alone.”
Broadway Shopping centre manager, Peter Sedge, said: “As the character of Pat she is an icon and the shoppers loved meeting her and finding out about the real person behind the legend.
“There are not many more familiar faces from our television screens and it was brilliant to be able to welcome a true British institution to the Broadway.”
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