Windsor harks back to beginnings
Barbara Windsor has described her colourful life as simply "the distance between two pear trees".
Speaking at a ceremony in west London where she planted a pear tree, the former EastEnders star remembered a similar tree at her childhood home.
Barbara, 73, said: "I grew up in the East End in a two up-two down. The first bit of green I had was when were allocated a prefab house in Stoke Newington with a garden and it had a little pear tree.
"Ever since I was a little girl I always wanted to live here in Marylebone. The first tree I could have known was a pear tree and here I am all these years later, planting a pear tree in Marylebone. So life has been the distance between two pear trees."
Barbara arrived at the ceremony in the Lord Mayor of Westminster's chauffeured Rolls Royce, which had the registration plate WE1.
The tree was planted as part of a scheme by Westminster City Council, Westminster Tree Trust and the W1W Tree Planting Initiative to increase greenery in central London.
Barbara is due to star in a pantomime in Bristol this Christmas.
She said: "I wanted to do pantomime again because I got my first job doing panto in the Golders Green Hippodrome. I always got to say the line 'Here comes the Baron'. When I left EastEnders I wanted to do a bit of theatre and I wanted to be on the stage on Christmas Eve. And now I will be."