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June Butcher (née Simmonds) was the first wife of Frank Butcher and mother of Clare, Ricky, Diane and Janine Butcher. She has never appeared on-screen, but was first mentioned on 8 September 1987.

Backstory[]

June Simmonds was born in 1941, London, to Lydia Simmonds and an unnamed father. A brother, Norman Simmonds, was born in 1943.

In the late 50s, June met Frank Butcher and they began a relationship. In 1958, June and Frank went on holiday, to Butlins in Clacton, with a group of friends. While on holiday, Frank met Pat Evans and although he was in a relationship with June, he found Pat extremely attractive. They began a secret affair, but Frank ended it when he found out June was pregnant, breaking Pat’s heart. Frank married June later that year, changing her name from Simmonds, to Butcher.

In 1959, June and Frank’s first daughter, Clare Butcher was born. They had three more children together, over the years. Ricky Butcher, born in 1973, Diane Butcher, born in 1974 and their youngest daughter, Janine Butcher, born in 1983.

In 1987, when Janine was just three years old, June died of cancer. Janine moved in with her sister Clare, while Frank, Ricky and Diane moved to Albert Square. Frank became the landlord at The Queen Victoria pub, with Pat, later marrying her in 1989.

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