EastEnders spoilers: Mel Owen agreed to return to the club to work with Sharon Mitchell and fans were devastated[BBC]
EastEnders fans were up in arms after learning Mel Owen and Sharon Mitchell would be taking over the iconic R&R nightclub and feared a name change which would erase the memory of two much-loved characters.
The female duo have regained control of the party hotspot, formerly owned by Mel’s deceased husband Steve, and named after the late siblings, Ronnie and Roxie Mitchell.
After learning of the Walford shake-up fans were devastated that Ronnie and Roxie’s memories could be lost for good.
R&R was named after Ronnie and Roxie Mitchell [BBC]
A year since the pair departed Albert Square in a tragic storyline which saw them both drown, fans raged about the venue’s new chapter.
One took to Twitter to write: “Don’t understand why Sharon thinks she and Phil still think they own R&R, Max clearly gave the deeds to the club back to Jack on New Year’s Day and #EastEnders completely create a simple plot hole?
“Hope they don’t change the R&R name! Happy it’s reopening though!”
EastEnders spoilers: Mel Owen agreed to return to the club to work with Sharon Mitchell [BBC]
Another put: When R&R is no longer called R&R and you feel like your whole childhood is being snatched away from you. Actually heartbroken.”
A third continued: “Better not change the name of the club. “R&R is the only memory of Ronnie and Roxy given how they seem to have been otherwise forgotten.”
Another added: “NO YOU CAN’T CHANGE THE NAME OF R&R LIKE WHAT THE ACTUALLY F**K,” as one rounded off with: “The R&R Wouldn’t be the same without Ronnie and Roxy.”
EastEnders: Mel Owen has vowed to stay in Albert Square with son Hunter [BBC]
EastEnders character Mel, played by Tamzin Outhwaite, refused to let her ex Steve Owen affect her life during Friday’s show.
Hunter Owen and his mum decided to stay in Walford, after Charlie Winter’s debut as the teen, so Mel realised she needed to find some work.
Sharon Mitchell was quick to offer her a role, after deciding to reopen the club R&R – previously owned by Mel and Steve and named E20.
EastEnders: Ciara told Hunter the truth about his dad Steve Owen in front of R&R [BBC]
The pair were killed off a year ago [BBC]
Mel declined her offer to manage to bar, with Sharon deciding to reopen the club after some money woes.
Steve owned the club before his death back in 2002, with Martin Kemp’s character killed off when his car burst into flames.
Steve murdered Saskia Duncan in the club in 1999, framing Matthew Rose for the crime.
Mel has vowed not to be ruled by the past, agreeing that she and Hunter will stay in Walford.