Emmerdale fan passes through Melton on epic charity walk

Pensioner John Dodds stopped off in Melton on his charity walk from Surrey to Leeds which has been inspired by his passion for the Emmerdale TV soap EMN-151007-111324001

Pensioner John Dodds stopped off in Melton on his charity walk from Surrey to Leeds which has been inspired by his passion for the Emmerdale TV soap EMN-151007-111324001

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A fanatical fan of TV soap Emmerdale is walking 140 miles to raise money for charities in memory of two people who worked on the show.

John Dodds (70) passed through Melton on his way to the programme’s Leeds studios after setting off from his Surry home at the start of the momth.

He was inspired to do the walk by actor Richard Thorp, who played the character Alan Turner for more than 30 years, and former series producer Gavin Blythe, who both died recently.

He has made friends with several members of the current cast and some have signed a jacket which he is wearing on his walk.

“I do about five sponsored walks a year and this one has been going well - I have had a positive reaction from everyone I have met along the way,” said Mr Dodds, who used to be a film extra and appeared in movies starring Anthony Perkins, Angela Lansbury and Elizabeth Taylor.

“I have watched Emmerdale since 1975 when I first saw it on a day off. It was on in the afternoon then and was in black and white.

“The writing is clever and they deal with issues sympathetically and really help people.”

Mr Dodds hopes to raise around £350 to be split between the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Lewis Manning Hospice, Momentum, Cats Protection and Margaret Green Animal Rescue.