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New EastEnders theme marks Pat exit

EastEnders stalwart Pat Evans will bow out from the soap after a quarter of a century tomorrow with a specially-created arrangement of the show's theme.

Actress Pam St Clement will be seen closing her eyes as her character slips away, succumbing to terminal cancer diagnosed only a matter of days earlier.

And as the credits roll for the end of the programme, viewers will hear a new version of the title music to mark the end of an era.

A special version has been used to mark major occasions in Walford over the years, known as Julia's Theme.

Now composer Simon May has created another version entitled Pat's Theme to bid farewell to the no-nonsense character, famed for her dangly earrings. But it will not be the only major change to the show during tomorrow's episode.

The programme will also unveil a revamped title sequence which sees the Olympic Park represented on screen in the graphics for the first time.

Programme bosses thought it was appropriate to show the park as the series entered 2012.

Pat's illness is the latest major drama for the series and her demise has kept viewers gripped throughout the festive period.

The BBC1 soap was the most popular programme on Christmas Day, comfortably beating ITV1's Downton Abbey when they went head-to-head.

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