01/09/2014 09:14 BST | Updated 31/10/2014 05:59 GMT

Labor Day Poll: Best Job in Walford?


In honour of America's "Labor Day" on 1 September, I thought it was time for the Walford Gazette to take a look at some of the jobs of the citizens of Albert Square.

Here are some of my favorite EastEnders jobs over the years: Dot & Pauline at the launderette; Minty and Gary at the Arches; Tracy, the sometime barmaid at the Vic; Martin and his fruit stall; Pat at the bookie; Patrick & Yolande at the Mini Mart; Nigel in the video rental store; and Robbie Jackson, the market road sweeper, later to be replaced by Gus.

Isn't interesting that it seems the only jobs in Albert Square are service-related?

Why are there no financial services, insurance companies, solicitors, or realtors? Sure, Johnny Allen did his best to fill the void of the latter as the Square's benevolent loan shark.

With exception of Sonia who earned a nursing degree, there's a dearth of higher education, which is odd considering all the universities in real London, including the East End. Sure, in the early years, Michelle went to college, as did her well-schooled roommate Rachel.

Sure, on occasion a doctor will become a principal character (e.g., Dr Legg or Dr Trueman), but it seems to me that EastEnders' creative team embraces an interpretation of an East End working-class neighbourhood that might be a tad yesteryear, considering all the gentrification taking place in London in the New Millennium.

What do you think of Walford's lack of economic diversity? And what are some of your favourite occupations in Albert Square?

The 3 best answers will receive a "Free Arthur Fowler" CD?


May Arthur rest in peace. He was my favourite market sweeper.