The Archers aired a difficult scene between Freddie Pargetter (played by Toby Laurence) and Kenton Archer (Richard Attlee) today.
Lower Loxley has been going through some troubles and sadly, it seems they are financially unable to continue.
Sadly, it’s all down to Freddie, who’s troublesome behaviour lost the business their alcohol license meaning business has been tough.
Previously on the BBC Radio 4 soap, Elizabeth Pargetter (Alison Dowling) had been told she couldn’t ever get her permit back if her son, Freddie, was returning from prison to the area.
She kept that fact a secret, not wanting to hurt Freddie’s feelings, but sadly it all came out this evening because Kenton could no longer hold it in.
The reformed youngster had been trying desperately to get Lower Loxley off the ground again, even offering paid tours around the ground.
However, even Freddie had to admit the only way the business would really boom would be if they could serve alcohol, so he set about getting the license back.
Kenton told him: “Freddie, the simple truth is without an alcohol license, the business here isn’t sustainable.”
His nephew pleaded: “Uncle Kenton, please, like I said I’ve been through a lot worse. I want to help the business I really do.”
Kenton then told Freddie the truth, and explained how the solicitor advised Freddie not to come home.
He reassured: “Your mother refused to even consider it. All they thought about was getting you out [of prison] and getting you safely home.”
A distressed Freddie added: “They all know? Of course they do. They must think I’m rubbish.
“I thought it was just some local authority mess-up. How could I be so dense?”
Kenton went on to deliver the killer blow: Lower Loxley could only go on for another year at worst, 18 months at best, before being declared bankrupt.
Freddie cried: “The finances are really that bad? My stupid secret tours thing really made things worse.”
His uncle comforted: “You mustn’t beat yourself up about it.”
But Freddie, who was audibly distraught, lamented: “There’s only one person to blame: me. It’s all my fault.”
Earlier in the week, Joe Grundy’s (Edward Kelsey) appearance left listeners heartbroken.
The actor passed away last month, aged 88, but his iconic voice could be heard earlier in the week.
The Archers airs weeknights on BBC Radio 4 at 7pm.
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