Eastenders Star Lights up Merlyn Vaz Tree

Posted on December 19th, 2011 in Local News

Eastenders star Nina Wadia, who plays “Argee Bhajee” restaurant-owner Zainab Masood in the popular BBC soap, added sparkle to this year’s big switch-on of the Christmas lights at the Merlyn Vaz Centre, Leicester. Her character is going to be one of the central character’s in the soap’s Christmas special.

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz was also present at this festive highlight of the Leicester calendar to watch Nina hit the switch.

The Merlyn Vaz tree is lit every year in memory of Merlyn Vaz, Leicester’s first female Asian Councillor and mother of Keith Vaz

Keith Vaz said:

“I am delighted that Nina Wadia was here to make this year’s lights switch-on that extra bit special. Her visit to Leicester enabled her to leave some of her troubles behind in Albert Square as well as her husband’s! This occasion is one of my favourite events of the whole year.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish the whole of Leicester a very Merry Christmas!”