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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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Emmerdale stars saddle up for Tour de ITV

Some of Emmerdale's best known faces will join other ITV stars for a special Tour de ITV fun ride.

Stars will ride between Corrie's Rover's Return and Emmerdale's Woolpack Credit: Press Association

The pub to pub trek on July 1st covers 60 miles from Corrie's Rover's Return to the Woolpack and back.

The cycle is part of the ITV Local Heroes campaign which was launched to encourage volunteering in local sport.

They will also be raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care - the official charity of the Grand Départ.

Emmerdale's James Hooton who plays Sam Dingle, Jamie Shelton who plays Robbie Lawson and Nicola Wheeler who plays Nicola King will be joined by Good Morning Britain's weather presenter Laura Tobin.

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.

Ex-Emmerdale star to appear in Neighbours

Sheree Murphy Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Former Emmerdale star Sheree Murphy is coming back to TV with a role in Australian soap Neighbours.

The actress, who is married to the Australian former Leeds United star Harry Kewell, said she was excited to be going back to work.

She told Hello! Magazine: "It's just kicked in that it's actually happening. I'm going back to work. The kids don't remember me on Emmerdale, so they're excited about seeing mummy on TV.

"The last thing I did was Hollyoaks and I was really nervous. I feel a bit like that on Neighbours, not necessarily because they watch English soaps but more because it's, 'Oh, that's Harry Kewell's wife - what's she doing?"'

Murphy has four children with Kewell who recently retired from the game, playing his last match in his hometown of Sydney.

Pride of Britain launch in Leeds

Emmerdale stars took a break from filming to join the Pride of Britain bus as it stopped at our studios here in Leeds in the search for the regions unsung heroes

Emmerdale stars join Pride of Britain bus tour

The coach is travelling one thousand miles, up and down the country to let people everywhere nominate members of their community who do extraordinary things to help others.

This years winner will be announced in October at a star-studded event in London.

Emmerdale stars join Pride of Britain bus tour
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