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Alfie's Kat flap at Southend Airport
6:10am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Echo News
A CHRISTMAS special featuring the tangled love lives of three favourite Eastenders characters reached a dramatic peak on the runway at Southend Airport.
In recent months diehard fans have watched the torrid goings on between Alfie Moon, his unfaithful ex-wife Kat Slater and his new flame Roxy Mitchell, who is set to be his new bride.
As the cameras rolled, Shane Ritchie who plays cheeky chappie Alfie is seen chasing after a plane and running up a set of stairs before banging furiously on the door to be let on the flight to Spain.
In scene shots earlier this year, Alfie is seen at a church about to marry Roxy Mitchell, played by Rita Simmons, but appears to be having second thoughts.
It’s thought he’s still pining over Kat, and ditches poor Roxy at the alter.
He and Kat were spotted a couple of months ago filming scenes where they appeared to be laughing and joking with together, fuelling rumours of an on-screen reunion.
While filming in the early hours of Friday morning, Ritchie took time out to wave to our team on the scene, shouting: “You must be the Southend Echo!”.
Ritchie was filming for the programme for the second time this week, after shooting scenes on Oaken Grange Drive in the town on Wednesday.
The actor was wearing the same suit in the scenes filmed at the airport that he wore earlier in the week.
Kat Slater, played by Jessie Wallace, wasn’t filming on the night.
Watching the action was Eastenders fan Richard Bloomberg, 37, of Southchurch Boulevard.
Richard spent the entire evening watching the filming and loved the whole experience.
He said: “I didn’t know they were going to be filming here today, but when I saw some lights that I thought were from a TV set, I came over and they were filming Eastenders!
“I’m a huge fan. It’s a show I love and to see it being filmed where I live is great, it really outs us on the map.”
Richard, who was on the pier and met chef Jamie Oliver when he was filming there recently managed to get a thumbs up from Ritchie for his perseverance.
He added: “It makes up for me standing here for goodness knows how long!”
He added: “More people will now know about the airport here through this, and when they come here they’ll all be saying “this is where Alfie Moon filmed!””
Southend Airport is no stranger to celebrity appearances. Last December, David Beckham was spotted there boarding a private yet to Dubai, and Danny Dyer filmed scenes for his film In a Heartbeart the same month.
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