Martine McCutcheon shares heartfelt tribute to Barbara Windsor and reflects on their time on Eastenders

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As Barbara Windsor was laid to rest on Friday, her former Eastenders co-star Martine McCutcheon has shared an emotional tribute to honour her memory.

The actress, who recently celebrated the anniversary of her first meeting to husband Jack, took to Instagram to relive some of her memories with the icon.

The 44 year old posted a black and white photo of a young Barbara and wrote a lengthy caption on the day of her funeral.

She said: "My Darling Barb, today is your funeral. I so wish the streets of London could be lined with all who loved you, but sadly in these times it's not an option – But know I'm thinking of you.

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"I always did and I always will. You were an inspiration to me since I was 10 years old when we first worked together. I fell a bit in love with you even then.

"You were so glamorous, professional and you had a soft spot for me. I didn't leave your side whilst filming and I bought you a gift and was so upset on our last day!"

The Loose Women star went on to share the pair's experiences on the set of Eastenders and looked back on their times together with fondness.

"When you remembered me 8 years later as young woman on my first day of Eastenders and said such kind things to me, my mind was blown… but I came to learn that was typical Barb, on the ball, kind and straight talking.

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"I loved our chats in your dressing room and on set. Your words of wisdom and naughtiness are part of who I am. Thank you. Thinking of you today and always.

"Most of all I love you Barbara. A rare and true star will certainly be making heaven more sparkly. #thinkingofyou #bittersweet #restinpeace #love you," Martine concluded.

The Love Actually star's fans took to the comments section to marvel at Martine's lovely comments and write heartfelt comments about the late icon.

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A fan wrote: "God bless you Barbara heartfelt martine think you've spoken for us all."

"What beautiful words for one of our national treasures…sleep tight Babs. queen of our screen xx," an Instagram user gushed.

A third follower said: "What a gorgeous tribute. I never met her but just loved her and it sounds like she was just a lovely person.

While a fourth person expressed: "She was lovely Martine. fab funny actress excellent! Thinking of you think of the happy times."

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