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Final farewell for Emmerdale veteran

Members of the Emmerdale cast past and present, gathered this afternoon to pay tribute to the late Richard Thorpe, the soap's longest serving actor. who played Alan Turner, and died in May at the age of 81.

This afternoon, a memorial service was held for him at Leeds Minister - after his character officially bowed out of the soap last night. Michael Billington reports.


Soap stars prepare for memorial to longest-serving colleague

Emmerdale cast toast the passing of Alan Turner Credit: ITV Studios

Emmerdale stars are attending the memorial service this afternoon to their colleague Richard Thorp who died in May. The 81-year-old was toasted on screen last night in an episode in which Alan Turner passed away peacefully in his sleep. The actor was Emmerdale's longest serving cast member.

Memorial service for Richard Thorp

Richard Thorp

A memorial service for the late Emmerdale actor Richard Thorp will take place at Leeds Minster later on today. The 81-year-old, who played Alan Turner for nearly three decades, died in May.

Alan Turner, who died in Emmerdale last night, will have an onscreen funeral on the soap next week.

Emmerdale wins 'Best Soap' award

Emmerdale has won 'Best Soap' at the Inside Soap Awards. Credit: ITV

ITV soap Emmerdale has won the award for 'Best Soap' at the Inside Soap Awards.

The Yorkshire based drama fought off competition from EastEnders and Coronation Street to win the award for the first time in its history.

The show won prizes for best storyline, outstanding achievement and best bad boy at the ceremony in London.

The best storyline award was for the Cameron Murray's killer cover up, while Dominic Power - who plays Murray - took the prize for best bad boy.

The soap's 40th anniversary live episode secured the outstanding achievement award.

Coronation Street and EastEnders each won four awards with two for Home And Away and one each for Hollyoaks and Waterloo Road.


Emmerdale drama reported by the Calendar team

Christine Talbot on the Emmerdale set
Christine Talbot on the Emmerdale set Credit: ITV Studios

Emmerdale's dramatic storyline that has seen the character Cameron Murray, who has previously killed three people, return to the village and take hostages, is now making headlines. A new series of news reports, by members of the Calendar team, have been published on the Emmerdale Village website.

The fictitious reports show how the dramatic siege might have been reported on real news bulletins if it was actually happening in a real village. In the latest updates Christine Talbot is seen reporting from the village with more items from our other reporters.

See Christine Talbot report 'live' from Emmerdale village.

Watch Christine Talbot explain the latest situation from the studio.

Catch up on the background to the story with reporter James Webster.

Follow the latest weather for Emmerdale as the stormy weather intensifies.

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