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ITV cast and crew set off on charity bike ride

Members of ITV's cast and crew have set off on a 60-mile charity cycle through towns and villages between Media City in Manchester, where Coronation Street is filmed, and Eccup in West Yorkshire, home to Emmerdale.

Taking on the trans-Pennine challenge are Emmerdale’s Gaynor Faye, Jamie Shelton, Nicola Wheeler and James Hooton, Coronation Street’s Colson Smith, and Good Morning Britain’s Laura Tobin.

Also in the saddle will be TV presenters Darren Jeffries and Matt Littler, and 911 singer Jimmy Constable, whose bandmate Lee Brennan will be volunteering to support the cyclists on their journey.

The Tour de ITV is part of the nationwide ITV Local Heroes campaign, which aims to inspire viewers to help out at local sports clubs and make a difference in their communities.

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Soap stars in Tour charity cycle ride

Stars from Coronation Street and Emmerdale are to take part in a charity cycle ride between the sets of the two ITV soaps in preparation for the Tour De France.

Familiar faces from TV including Emmerdale's Nicola Wheeler (who plays Nicola King), James Hooton (Sam Dingle) and Jamie Shelton (Robbie Lawson) will be tackling the route from the Rover's Return to The Woolpack.

Yet-to-be-named actors from Corrie will also be involved in the 60-mile ride on July 1.

The Tour De ITV, which has teamed up with London 2012 legacy sports charity Join In, will also feature Good Morning Britain weather presenter Laura Tobin. The idea is to raise money for grass roots sports groups and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Emmerdale and Leeds' Corrie star get gongs at British Soap Awards

Leeds born soap star Helen Worth arriving for the 2014 British Soap Awards in London. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leeds-born soap star Helen Worth and our Emmerdale colleagues, here at ITV Yorkshire,have picked up gongs at this weekend's British Soap Awards.

Coronation Street star Helen was presented with the "Outstanding Achievement" award for her role as Gail Platt. And Emmerdale won the award for "the most spectacular scene" for the dramatic Woolpack flood and siege

Hayley's skirt turns up in Lincoln charity shop

A charity shop in Sleaford got an unexpected delivery last week when they received a dress worn by Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Julie wearing the skirt while filming in Blackpool
Julie wearing the skirt while filming in Blackpool Credit: Press Association

Julie's character, Hayley Cropper, left the show after a controversial storyline earlier this year.

The skirt is a purple, floral, Birketex skirt, in size 16, with sequins and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

It is being sold for £45 at Sleaford’s British Red Cross shop.

Soap star's suicide bids confession

Coronation Street star Beverley Callard, who is from Leeds , has admitted for the first time today that she tried to take her own life six times.

Beverley, who plays Liz McDonald in the Street has opened her heart to Piers Morgan in an interview that will be shown in full on ITV tonight.

And as Duncan Wood reports she has revealed that she is still taking medication but has hopefully left her most dark days behind.

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Coronation Street's first muslim family to move in

Jimi Mistry pictured with Strictly Come Dancing dancer Flavia Cacace . The pair married in December. Credit: PA

Coronation Street is to get its first Muslim family in the soap's 53-year history, according to a report.

The Daily Star says relatives of current character Kal Nazir, played by former EastEnders actor Jimy Mistry, from Scarborough, will soon become permanent residents of the Street.

"We've established that Kal's two kids, his daughter and son, live with his mum and dad," executive producer Stuart Blackburn said.

"We've already cast his dad, Sharif, who is retired. He's not rich but he's made enough money he doesn't need to work."

Former soap director entertains pupils

Now he's a former director on two of the nations favourite soaps - Emmerdale and Coronation Street - but now Jason Beresford is entertaining schoolchildren with his dramatic storylines.

Jason, who is a teacher at Highfields Primary School in Leeds, wrote a book for children while he worked on the famous cobbles - and it is going down a storm with his pupils as Gaynor Barnes found out.

Chris Fountain statement: " I am deeply sorry"

Chris Fountain has released a statement after having his contract at ITV's Coronation Street terminated.

"[I am] deeply sorry. I completely understand that ITV had no choice but to terminate my contract today. I have had two wonderful years playing Tommy Duckworth with only happy memories of my time on Coronation Street. I am mortified that I have brought so much embarrassment to my colleagues and employers these last few days. My biggest regret however is not to do with losing my job, but that I have hurt and let down so many people including those in a vulnerable situation and I am so very deeply ashamed of this."

– Chris Fountain
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