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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

Yorkshire tourism boss in "petit grand depart"

The man responsible for bringing the Tour de France to Yorkshire also got on his bike this weekend.

Gary Verity, from Welcome to Yorkshire, cycled the 120 mile route from Harewood, through the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate. He was supported by colleagues and friends and some of the cast of Emmerdale.

It was all part the "petit grand depart" and involved hundreds of cyclists taking on part of the stage 1 route.

James Webster went along:


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

Curtain up on Leeds' seventh Zombie Film Festival

Dominic Brunt and Mark Charnock, better known as Emmerdale's Paddy and Marlon are the creative forces behind the Leeds Zombie Film Festival.

For the seventh year, un-dead enthusiasts will pile in to the Cottage Road Cinema in Headingley for hours of horror movie madness.

Mark told Calendar how the whole thing started off and explained his irrational love of all things zombie:

Soap stars line up for charity football match

Stars of Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street are to take on a team of ex-Sheffield United players in a charity football match.

Brammall Lane Credit: Press Association

Actors Jamie Lomas, Anthony Quinlan, Luke Roskell and Nico Mirallegro will be among those taking part in the match at Bramall Lane.

They will face a team of ex-Blades featuring Chris Morgan, Curtis Woodhouse, Craig Short and Keith Curle.

Others in the line-up include Chris Wilder, Dave Kitson and Leigh Bromby, with more names due to be confirmed.

Proceeds from the match on May 18 will go to Prostate Cancer UK and the Once Upon A Smile Foundation, which offers financial support and respite breaks to families who have suffered a bereavement.

Emmerdale star Danny Miller, co-founder of Once Upon A Smile, will be on the celebrities' team.

Danny said: "I can't wait to play at Bramall Lane. Sheffield was one of the first places we set out on the journey of charity football and it gives me great pleasure to play there again with me and the boys at Once Upon A Smile. It promises to be a great event."

Emmerdale's Danny Miller Credit: Press Association

Former Blades captain Chris Morgan, now a member of Nigel Clough's coaching team, said: "I'm sure all the players are keen to put on a Blades kit once again and the celebs will be looking forward to playing on the Bramall Lane pitch.

Chris Morgan Credit: Press Association

"The day, though, is all about raising vital funds for the two worthwhile charities and it would be fantastic to see as many people as possible come down and show their support. We hope it will be a great event to finish off a memorable season."

The match will be refereed by Howard Webb.Tickets cost £6 for adults and £1 for under-16s.

Emmerdale storyline raises awareness of HIV

Charlie Hardwick, who plays Val Pollard, on Emmerdale has been speaking to us about her character recently being diagnosed as HIV positive. She has taken on the storyline to raise awareness of the virus.

Over 50s are now the fastest growing group of people living with HIV - with rates expected to double over the next five years.

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