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Good old Marlon – the gullible, trusting Dingle… He’s got himself all excited and worked his clan up into a party mood. He’s determined to make this a happy birthday for a sober Shadrach, but the guest of honour is nowhere to be seen. Has Marlon gone to a lot of trouble for nothing? Will Shadrach run true to form and let everyone down? Not if Laurel can help it…

Shadrach has been watching from a distance as his family gathers for his party and Laurel finds him. She encourages him to join in the fun but he says he can’t face them all without a drink. Laurel pushes him to enjoy his birthday and he does… Trouble is, despite his best efforts, Shadrach shows up for his birthday party drunk. Marlon is bitterly disappointed but his anger turns to sorrow when the celebrations end tragically for one person…

Declan’s still determined to have a good time despite the chaos all around him and heads off on holiday. As he says goodbye at Home Farm, Nathan promises to behave himself. Yeah, right… We all know Nathan’s promises break like pie crust, so just how much is Declan going to regret taking this trip?

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