EastEnders: the launderette is to be turned into a dry cleaners – will Dot lose her job?

The unthinkable is happening - the Bridge Street business is set for closure

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The Bridge Street launderette is under threat – and Dot Branning could be out of a job! Yes, the iconic EastEnders business, which has been a staple part of the BBC1 soap since its opening episode in 1985, looks set to be turned into a dry cleaners thanks to the plans of its owner Mr Papadopolous.

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Scenes just broadcast saw Dot receive the news that her days of doing service washes are numbered – and that she’s going to have to reapply for her post. All of which has sent her into something of a spin (pun intended), seeing as she hasn’t been interviewed for a job since Harold Wilson was prime minister. That’s 1976, for those of you too young to remember.

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Such a seismic shift in the Albert Square landscape seems unthinkable and is sure to hit Dot’s friends and neighbours hard – after all, they’ll now have to all buy washing machines of their own.

And where will they all go when they’re in a state of high agitation and in need of wise counsel? Surely an Ian Beale-led protest is now called for! After all, it was the domain of his Auntie Pauline for two decades and must surely hold some sentimental value? Come on Ian – stage a sit-in or storm the council offices, but whatever you do, Save Our Launderette!

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