Mrs Armitage Marion Heathfield
Mrs Armitage 1985
Marital Status: Mr Armitage
Opening the door of No.26 one day, Paul Robinson was nearly knocked flying by neighbours Mrs Armitage, who burst in claiming she needed a refuge from her violent husband. As Paul wearily told her to calm down, it became obvious that this was not the first ‘crisis’ in the Armitage marriage. When Paul’s grandmother Helen Daniels came out of the kitchen to see what the noise was about, she attempted to beat a hasty retreat before being spotted by her drama queen neighbour, but it was too late. Desperate to escape, Helen headed off to make tea, leaving Mrs Armitage to chat to a less than impressed Paul. As she described how she did her best for her husband – ‘I put ice in his beer and he still hits me’ – Paul resigned himself to an afternoon of ear bending.
A few days later Mrs Armitage was back at No.26, claiming her husband had been violent again. Suspecting these tales were simply a way of gaining attention, Helen suggested she call the police, and was unsurprised when Mrs Armitage was less than keen on the idea. But that was not the end of the traumas in the Armitage marriage. A few weeks later, perhaps sensing the violence stories were wearing thin, Mrs Armitage tried a new angle, claiming this time that her husband had become a womaniser. When Helen suggested divorce might be best all round, her neighbour stunned her by replying that as a single woman, she would be risking Max Ramsay and Jim Robinson treating her as a sex object! Despite these concerns, Mrs Armitage took a surprisingly liberal attitude when the conversation turned to the poison pen letters stripper Daphne Lawrence was receiving; claiming that if she were Daphne’s age, she’d happily strip off to get a man too…
• Marion Heathfield returned in 1998 as Minnie Kirk