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Dame Barbara Windsor, 82, receives a standing ovation at Mary Poppins show

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Dame Barbara Windsor, 82, receives a standing ovation as she and husband Scott Mitchell, 56, attend Mary Poppins show amid Alzheimer’s battle

Dame Barbara Windsor and her husband Scott Mitchell enjoyed a fun-filled outing as they watched a Mary Poppins performance, held at The Prince Edward Theatre in London on Thursday afternoon. 

The former EastEnders actress, 82, who is battling Alzheimer’s, received a warm welcome as the audience greeted her with a standing ovation when she entered the venue.

A source told MailOnline: ‘Scott said “It was amazing! As Barbara took her seat the whole audience stood up and started clapping. As for the show… she loved it!”‘ 

Just the two of us: Dame Barbara Windsor, 82, and her husband Scott Mitchell, 56, watched a Mary Poppins performance on Thursday, held at The Prince Edward Theatre in London

Just the two of us: Dame Barbara Windsor, 82, and her husband Scott Mitchell, 56, watched a Mary Poppins performance on Thursday, held at The Prince Edward Theatre in London

The couple looked loved-up as they held hands while cosying up to each other on a sofa following the theatre production. 

Exuding sophistication, the TV and film star sported a red longline jacket with floral-print detailing while recruitment consultant Scott, 56, looked dapper in a navy checked blazer. 

Earlier in the week, the former actor revealed the actress feels a ‘sense of comfort’ knowing that she has helped other people in their battle with Alzheimer’s. 

The Carry On actress was diagnosed with the degenerative condition in 2014 and is now being cared for round-the-clock by her partner. 

Support: Earlier in the week, recruitment consultant Scott revealed the actress feels a'sense of comfort' knowing that she has helped other people in their battle with Alzheimer's

Support: Earlier in the week, recruitment consultant Scott revealed the actress feels a ‘sense of comfort’ knowing that she has helped other people in their battle with Alzheimer’s

Speaking at the launch of the 40th London Marathon, Scott told The Sun Barbara was pleased that her profile has helped other sufferers know they’re not alone.     

Scott said: ‘When I say to her, ‘Barbara you will not believe how many people you are helping with this’, she says, ”Am I?’ And you can see it gives her a sense of comfort.’ 

‘It gives her an incredible sense of comfort because all through her career she was always a very charitable person and she always got out there. She was patron to many charities and whenever she could help other people, she did, and that mindset is still there.’ 

The actor, who married EastEnders star Barbara in 2000, will run the annual race on April 26 in aid of the disease which affects his wife and around 85,000 people in the UK. 

Devoted: Speaking at the launch of the 40th London Marathon, the former actor said Barbara was pleased that her profile has helped other sufferers know they're not alone

Devoted: Speaking at the launch of the 40th London Marathon, the former actor said Barbara was pleased that her profile has helped other sufferers know they’re not alone

This will be the second time Scott has run the 26 mile course to raise money for Dementia Revolution, the Alzheimer’s Society’s London Marathon charity campaign.

The Goodnight Sweetheart actor helped raise a record breaking £4 million for the charity by completing the the track in 2019.

Scott was recognised for his incredible campaign work when he and five other runners were awarded the 2019 Spirit of The London Marathon Award. 

Screen star: Dame Barbara has massively raised awareness of the condition by sharing her own diagnosis and appearing in a Dementia Revolution appeal video in 2018

Screen star: Dame Barbara has massively raised awareness of the condition by sharing her own diagnosis and appearing in a Dementia Revolution appeal video in 2018

Dame Barbara has massively raised awareness of the condition by sharing her own diagnosis and appearing in a Dementia Revolution appeal video in 2018. 

Barbara, who played EastEnder’s most famous landlady Peggy Mitchell for over 20 years, chose to keep her condition secret for four years before asking husband Scott to make the announcement in May 2018.

She now uses her fame to raise awareness and support for those affected by the disease.

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