Her response rocked him to his core and signalled their marriage was, in her eyes, unsalvageable.
She replied: “No, no we don’t. It’s just a habit, it’s just an old, old habit… I don’t trust you, Mick. I don’t think you’ve got my best interests at heart.”
After telling Mick she had taken professional advice and she had been advised to “strike first”, she handed him legal papers and informed him she had instructed her solicitors to begin divorce proceedings.
Twisting the knife, Linda – who has been struggling with an alcohol problem – slurred: “This marriage is over.”
Linda had seen Mick’s suggestion to sell the Queen Vic as a betrayal, when he was actually motivated to move to a new home with her and Ollie Carter (Harry Farr), where they wouldn’t be surrounded by alcohol.