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January 15, 1987
Arthur is admitted into hospital and Kelvin celebrates his 18th birthday in riotous style to the astonishment of his parents. Birthday gitfs from Sylvester and Auntie Bella arrive for Kelvin at breakfast. Hannah and Tony say they are not going to the party but they secretly plan to gate crash at midnight. Pauline gets Arthur off to hospital. He is very sad and depressed. The only words he says are “Hold my hand” first to Martin then to Michelle. Lofty and Michelle try to cheer Arthur by discussing the allotment and how they are going to get the planting started while he is in hospital. Pete puts on a suit and tie to drive him to hospital.
Naima is delighted when she takes delivery of her her second-hand white Dodge van. Ian mades a cake for Kelvin’s party. Kathy says the decoration is too busy. Sharon is keeping Kathy’s stall. Ali is still putting up notices in the cab office about overcharging customers. After spotting Naima with her van, he also puts up a notice to hire women drivers. Simon and Lofty are on their own in the Vic and it is empty. Den is out looking for Sharon. Simon says it is because Angie is gone that business has gone downhill. Kelvin comes in to get his first legal drink, a large scotch. Lofty forgets he was now 18 but Simon remembers and is chuffed to serve him. Mary is doing business as usual in the pub and Kathy frowns when she sees money changing hands. Then she eyes Mary leaving with her “John” in tow.