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PAMMED OFF; Tartan Army mock EastEnders stunt.

The Tartan Army ridiculed EastEnders last night after the soap unveiled a token Scotland fan - Pam St Clement.

The English actress, who plays Cockney Pat Evans, was rolled out in a Scotland top to promote a World Cup storyline with no Scots in it.

But fans north of the Border poked fun at the BBC's lame publicity stunt.

It didn't even feature the only Scot in the show, Caroline Paterson, who plays Ruth Fowler.

Other characters donned England tops in the PR exercise, with Pat supposedly there for the benefit of Scottish viewers.

The BBC are planning a one-off, hour-long programme revolving round the tournament as a group of characters head for France.

Publicity pictures were taken at Arsenal's Highbury ground yesterday and an EastEnders spokeswoman said: "Pam is not Scottish but thinks she is descended from the Scots. She asked to wear the Scotland top and will be supporting Scotland."

But the actress revealed her character isn't thrilled about going to the World Cup final with screen husband Roy Evans, played by Tony Caunter.

She added: "Pat isn't the world's biggest football fan and can think of far more romantic things to be doing in Paris."

However, the Scots can expect support from one character - Welsh Huw. He heads for France with Barry, Robbie and Lenny on the dubious promise of a ticket.

Last night, Ian Adie, leader of the Tartan Army, called for more Scots to be involved in the storyline.

He said: "What do you expect when there are 50million English against five million Scots?"

And the man behind hit record Scotland Be Good joked: "I think we should transfer Andy Cameron to the set for a day, to even things up."

Meanwhile, the absence of Caroline Paterson, who recently spoke of her homesickness for Glasgow, will increase speculation she faces the axe from the show.

A chain of sports shops have backed down from a decision to play only English World Cup anthems in their 22 Scots stores. Allsports did a U- turn after the Record stepped in.
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Author:Smith, Graeme
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 3, 1998
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