Emmerdale star Richard Thorp dies

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Former Barkisland resident and soap star Richard Thorp has died aged 81.

He played the much-loved character Alan Turner for over 30 years.

Mr Thorp had a lengthy acting career and starred as Squadron Leader Henry Maudslay in the 1955 feature film The Dam Busters.

He made his first appearance on Emmerdale on 23 March 1982 and lived in Calderdale for several years and became a popular figure at community events.

A statement on behalf of the Emmerdale team said: “We are extremely sad to hear of Richard’s death. A pillar of the show, he will be greatly missed around the Emmerdale studios but will forever live on in all the wonderful memories we all have of him.

“Richard was a true professional and a complete gentleman. His charm, wit and effortless grace will be sorely missed.”