Barbara Windsor’s EastEnders return a hit with fans

Barbara Windsor made her long-awaited EastEnders comeback on Friday night – much to the delight of fans.

The 75-year-old – who plays Peggy Mitchell in the BBC One soap – paid a brief visit to Albert Square in a bid to help Phil in the aftermath of his car crash.

And her appearance proved popular with Twitter users, who took to the site to suggest that other members of her family should return too.

“Grant Mitchell should come back and Peggy should stay,” one tweeted, while another summed up the feelings of many by saying: “It was good to see Peggy back in EastEnders.”

Peggy’s scenes saw her attempting to give Phil a pep talk in hospital – while a special post-credits sequence also saw her visit Albert Square to pay tribute to her old friend Pat.

The character declared: “We never did have that last drink did we?” as she left a bottle of vodka on the steps of Pat’s old house.

Barbara revealed earlier this week that she had made her return to EastEnders in a bid to help boost the show’s ratings.

She admitted to Philip Schofield that the show was ‘in a bit of a state,’ and referring to its on-going battle against Coronation Street and Emmerdale added: “It’s not getting there, we’re third, we’ve never been third ever so it needs working on.”