'He could come home with me' Dame Barbara Windsor's cheeky remark as fans recall sweet moments they met

Dame Barbara Windsor fans have recalled the sweet moments they met as they pay tribute to the EastEnders star.

Dame Barbara Windsor (L) and Jim Dale recreate a famous scene from their 1969 film "Carry On Again Doctor" backstage following the press night performance of "Just Jim Dale" at Vaudeville Theatre on May 28, 2015 in London, England
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Dame Barbara Windsor fans have shared their sweet, funny and memorable moments they met the iconic actress following news of her death.

The 83-year-old star passed away "peacefully" last night (Thursday, 10th December) in the care home she was staying, with her husband Scott Mitchell by her bedside, following a six year battle with dementia.

Before making a household name for herself in BBC One soap EastEnders, Dame Barbara's cheeky persona came across in Carry On films, in which she starred opposite Sid James.

And both on and off screen, it seems Barbara's infectious personality captured the heart of her co-stars and fans alike.

One man shared his memory of meeting Babs, he said, “A really kind and sweet lady, I met her at a book-signing in Barking, when she gave me a kiss she looked at my wife and said ‘you should keep an eye on him, he could come home with me’.”

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And her fun sense of humour doesn't stop there. One fan tweeted, "Met Barbara Windsor very briefly as an 8yr old when she was the VIP opening the giant new Key Markets supermarket in Spalding - the first store ever to have barcode scanners. She walked past as we were checking out and made a suggestive comment about the baguette I was holding...”

Meanwhile other fans recalled the sweet moments Barbara ensured she gave them her time as they waited patiently for an autograph or a photo with her.

One fan wrote, "My niece saw her out once and wanted to say hello, but she had quickly been swamped by others that spotted her, so my niece didn't want to add to the numbers, but Barbara had seen her and beckoned her over anyway.”

Another fan recalled the moment he worked with Barbara's husband Scott, he explained, “She made a point to learn everybody’s names and at least one fact about each of us, so that when we talked with her she made us all feel special."

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And another revealed Barbara wasn't shy when it came to posing for a pic. He captioned the snap with an account of what happened. It read, "Met Barbara Windsor when I was 16 (waiting for Joe Jonas at ITV) & she was just as gorgeously fabulous as you’d expect. “ALLO my darlings” she beamed at us excited teenage girls screaming “pEgGyY!”... When I asked her to smile for a pic she did this she was a class act."

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Heartbroken, Scott led the tributes to the star, who was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2014 before going public with her illness in 2018 to help raise awareness of Alzheimers to help other families who have loved-ones battling the disease.

Scott called her his “precious Bar” and added, “I’ve lost my wife, my best friend and soul mate.”

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

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